Jackson’s Big Three, senior guard Erin Feeney (18.6 ppg), junior post Leigh-Ann Haataja (15.3 ppg) and sophomore forward Kristin Stoffel (14.6 ppg), provide roughly 70 percent of the team’s scoring. In fact, the Timberwolves have just three other players averaging more than two points per game.
So on the outside, it looks as if even though Jackson (8-1, 6-1 Wesco South) returned its entire starting lineup from last year’s state-tournament squad, there’s a big drop-off from there. Jackson coach Jeannie Thompson thinks that that mindset couldn’t be farther from the truth.
“We do go 12 deep when we’re healthy,” said Thompson, following Jackson’s 80-53 home win over Meadowdale Friday. “They may not play as many minutes as the starters, but we know that they can step up and go in there and hold the fort down.”
In her defense, the Timberwolves did indeed bring back everyone (not just their starters). So in essence, they’re the most-experienced team in the South…or at least they were at the beginning of the season.
A pair of these players, post Kallie Bylsma (sick) and guard Shalena Guzman (concussion) — both seniors, are out indefinitely. Getting them back would give Jackson a loaded arsenal as it enters the second half of the season.
In the next two weeks alone, Jackson has to travel to Kamiak and Glacier Peak before hosting South co-leader Edmonds-Woodway in a rematch of E-W’s 75-66 win last month.
“We just didn’t have it from the start for some reason against Edmonds-Woodway,” Feeney said. “When we come out ready to go and ready to fight, we are hard to beat.”