Timberwolves claim Cactus Jam title | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Jan 04, 2019
Courtesy of: Corey Gibb The Jackson girls basketball team celebrates winning the Catcus Jam Hoop Classic title Saturday, Dec. 29, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Jackson girls basketball team clearly had the right idea.

The Timberwolves escaped the cold wet Northwest winter for some better weather in Phoenix, Arizona, and the chance to play in the annual Cactus Jam Hoop Classic.

Whether it was the warmer temperatures or more likely superior talent, Jackson won all three of their games by double digits, including a 41-29 victory over Lakeside (Seattle) in the championship game Saturday, Dec. 29, at Maryvale High School.

The Timberwolves (8-2) opened with a 50-35 victory over host Maryvale and then knocked off Curtis (Tacoma) 58-46 in the semifinals.

“I think the overall team play is what stood out,” Jackson coach Corey Gibb said. “Their defensive intensity was there.”

Senior Olivia Skibiel was named the MVP of the tournament. She led the Wolfpack with 21 points in the opener, scored 17 against Curtis and had a team-high 12 points in the championship game. Senior Alexa Martin scored 22 points against Curtis and senior Megan Mattison contributed 11 points in the final two contests.

“We had three or four kids who could have been voted MVP,” Gibb said.

Jackson and Lakeside both struggled offensive in the first half with the Wolfpack taking a 14-12 lead into halftime.

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