Wolfpack records pair of victories at districts | Girls basketball

Timberwolves down Mariner, Mount Vernon
By David Pan | Feb 17, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Jackson’s Lauren Schillberg looks to pass the ball while being guarded by Glacier Peak’s Samantha Fatkin during a 4A District 1 semifinal game.

young Jackson girls basketball team is not only gaining valuable experience at the 4A District 1 tournament, but the Timberwolves have two victories to show for their effort.

The Wolfpack opened district play with a 59-49 victory over Mariner on Friday, Feb. 10 at Jackson High School. The Timberwolves then advanced to the semifinals where they fell 66-36 to league champion Glacier Peak on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Snohomish.

Jackson then rebounded with a 52-41 victory over Mount Vernon in a loser-out game Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Jackson High School.

Four players scored in double figures for the Wolfpack, which was scheduled to face Kamiak in another loser-out game on Thursday, Feb. 16, after the Beacon’s deadline.

“I saw great shot selection and we finished them too,” Jackson coach Duane Morris said. “I saw a really focused and locked-in team. We wanted to get off to a good start.”

Jackson outscored Mount Vernon 17-6 after the first period. Sophomore Olivia Skibiel led Jackson with 16 points. Sophomore Megan Mattison contributed 12 points and senior Emily Brown added 11 points. Sophomore Alexa Martin had 10 points.

“We’ve been shooting well. We’ve been competing at a high level,” Morris said. “We understand the significance of each game.”

Jackson had a strong performance even in the loss to Glacier Peak, Morris added.

The Wolfpack fell behind 25-5 in the first quarter but then played the Grizzlies even in the second and third quarters.

Skibiel scored 20 points and Mattison added 18 in the district opener against Mariner.

The Timberwolves really understand what the postseason is about, Morris said.

“You feel at this point now you are actually part of the playoffs,” he said.

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