Jackson is no one-player girls basketball team.
The sixth-ranked Timberwolves showed that again this afternoon in the King Holiday Hoopfest at Edmundson Pavilion. Sure, all-everything Kristi Kingma made the game-clinching jumper with 24 seconds left as Jackson held off Kentwood, 65-62. But it was Erin Feeney (17 points) Ashly Burns (16) who deserved equal credit for the victory in a game that had a playoff feel.
Feeney buried 5 of 9 three-pointers.
“Jackson’s a pack of talent,” Kentwood coach Keith Hennig said.
And Kingma, who scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half, is the leader of that pack. The future Husky relished the opportunity to play on the UW court and didn’t disappoint, despite constant double-teaming. She added nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
It was all Kentwood early as the Conquerors (12-4), who placed third at last year’s 4A state tournament, blitzed to a 20-9 lead. It was 32-21 with just over 3 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter, then Feeney buried her second straight trey to ignite an 11-0 Jackson run to end the half.
It was back and forth from there. Kentwood junior Lindsey Moore did everything she could to give the Conquerors a chance, scoring 16 of their final 19 points, but didn’t get the chance to take the final shot. Instead, Jessie Genger missed a rushed three-pointer and Feeney rebounded with 1.3 seconds left.
Moore was spectacular with 27 points, hitting 11 of 18 shots from the field.
It was the 12th straight win for Jackson (13-1), ranked No 6 in Class 4A.