MUKILTEO – Jackson has yet to be tested in WesCo play this season, and chances are the Timberwolves won’t be.
Saturday night’s 69-45 win at Kamiak is the latest example of the No. 1 Timberwolves’ dominance, as they have won their four league games by an average of 27 points. The key, though, is to stay focused and avoid a letdown.
The Jackson roster is built perfectly to steer clear of any such letdown, with 10 seniors and a wealth of returners.
“I think that they know kind of what it’s like, how challenging it can be just to move through the whole process of a season,” coach Steve Johnson said. “If they had never been there before and they hadn’t experienced games like that, they would probably hear me saying it, but they may not appreciate it as much.”
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That experience showed on Saturday as Jackson (8-0) shook off a Kamiak (4-6) surge early in the second quarter with a 17-7 run to build a 38-24 halftime lead. They would never be threatened after that.
“We know everybody’s going to give us their best shot, so we come out every day in practice preparing for the next game,” Jackson senior Dan Kingma said. “We know every day we need to get better. No matter who we’re playing against, we still know we need to improve and then come out against each opponent playing the best we can.”
Kingma led the Timberwolves with 18 points, hitting 4 of 9 three-point shots. Jason Todd added 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Tyler Nielsen had 14 points to lead Kamiak.