Wolfpack’s season comes to an end at districts | Girls basketball

Five players score in double figures but Timberwolves lose 84-70 to North Creek
By David Pan | Feb 15, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson senior Olivia Skibiel attempts a shot against North Creek’s Lauren Grout during a Wes-King 4A District tournament game at Jackson High School. The Jaguars defeated the Timberwolves 84-70.

More often than not, Jackson would have come out with a postseason victory after producing 70 points, its second highest offensive output of the season.

The problem was that North Creek had an even better night from the field, as senior Kelsey Hudson scored a game-high 33 points to lead the Jaguars to an 84-70 victory over the Timberwolves in a loser-out Wes-King 4A girls basketball district tournament game Thursday, Feb. 7, at Jackson High School.

The Wolfpack (14-6) struggled early on from the field but regrouped and trailed 16-13 after the first quarter and went into halftime down 36-31. North Creek (14-9) then started to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring the Wolfpack 21-14.

“You give up 84 points, that’s tough to overcome,” first-year Jackson coach Corey Gibb said. “You can’t give up 84 on the other end of the floor. We knew they had some decent shooters. We didn’t get out on the shooters as well as we should have. We also had some silly turnovers.”

Though Hudson did most of the damage, she had plenty of support. Mia Kosoglow scored 16 points and Caitlin Monten finished with 13 points. Brandi White contributed 10 points.

“She (Hudson) shot really well,” Gibb said. “It didn’t matter who we put on her or how hard we closed out on her. She had a good game.”

Five Jackson seniors scored in double figures. Alexa Martin finished with 15 points and Olivia Skibiel added 13 points. Jaelen Williams had 12 points, Lauren Schillberg put up 11 points and Megan Mattison contributed 10 points.

“When you get that kind of scoring, you usually come out on top,” Gibb said.

The Timberwolves stayed within striking distance of North Creek for most of the contest. But in the end their defense wasn’t enough to pull out the victory.

“We talked about that. You can score, but if you’re not getting stops,” Gibb said. “There was a stretch where we just couldn’t score. They scored every time. We dug ourselves a hole in the third quarter. We couldn’t climb out of it.”

Despite the disappointing end to the season, Jackson ended up with its best overall record in five years.

The senior class played a major part in the Wolfpack’s success and their play and leadership was appreciated by Gibb in his first season as head coach.

“The biggest thing was how welcoming they were,” he said. “They were open to new ideas and a different coaching style and were extremely helpful to me getting acclimated.”

Four freshmen were on the varsity roster and the seniors were a big part of getting them integrated and comfortable with their new teammates.

“They were very open and honest with things,” Gibb said. “I can’t say enough good things about the seniors.”

The graduation of Martin, Mattison, Schillberg, Skibiel and Williams means next year’s starting lineup will be quite different. Freshman Mackendra Konig saw a significant amount of time at point guard.

“Mac had a good year,” Gibb said. “The three other freshmen brought energy. They bring passion and a love for the game. It’s going to be exciting to watch.”

Gibb expects the Wolfpack to be a little shorter and quicker next season.

“It’s going to be a different style,” he said. “Overall, we’re not as long. … It’ll be interesting to incorporate some of the JV and C team into that varsity setting.”

 

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