TACOMA – The key for Jackson: The Timberwolves’ slow start.
Not that it happened, of course, but that Jackson absorbed it and never let Central Valley get too far out of reach.
Dan Kingma provided Jackson (25-0) with a much-needed spark when his leaning three-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave Jackson a four-point lead. The 10th-ranked Timberwolves would maintain control the rest of the way for a 55-47 win against No. 4 Central Valley in the 4A state quarterfinals.
Jason Todd led undefeated Jackson with 19 points and eight rebounds while Kingma and Brian Zehr each added 12 points.
Central Valley jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the first quarter, but Jackson never let the Bears, the runner-ups a year ago, hold a lead larger than that.
Adam Chamberlain and Austin Rehkow each had 13 to lead Central Valley.
Jackson will play Arlington for the third time in the 4A semifinals on Friday. Jackson won both the first two meetings.