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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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High School Sports

WesCo South roundup: Jackson topples Mariner, 55-52

Seattle Times staff

EVERETT — Jackson Coach Steve Johnson didn't need to mentally prepare his already focused and intense team before last night's boys basketball showdown at Mariner.

But when the Timberwolves felt the grip of a full-court press, Johnson and his staff drew up a critical inbounds play in a 55-52 upset of the WesCo South-leading Marauders.

After avoiding two five-second calls by calling timeouts, and leading 54-52 with seven seconds remaining, Jackson finally inbounded the ball with a creative play under Mariner's basket. Timberwolves senior Mike Apodaca passed the ball to Chris Keller out of bounds — a perfectly legal play — then cut inbounds to receive a pass from Keller and draw an immediate foul.

Apodaca made the first of two free throws to at least clinch overtime for Jackson (8-8, 10-8). His second free throw rimmed off, but a 25-foot three-point attempt by the Marauders' Josh Olson at the buzzer fell just short.

"Sometimes you live and die by the three, and we took what was dealt to us," said Olson, who hit a trio of three-pointers and finished with 11 points.

Mariner (12-3, 14-3), which already had clinched the South's top playoff seed, was 0 for 7 beyond the three-point arc in the fourth quarter.

Jackson, which avenged a 56-55 loss to Mariner on Jan. 10, played the role of aggressor in the second half. Junior forward Corey Hall established his presence down low and scored six points during a momentum-turning 8-2 run to start the third quarter.

"They overplayed a lot in the first half, so I made it a point to take advantage of that by looking for the backdoor," said Hall, who scored a team-high 13 points.

The interior offense opened things up for Jackson senior Craig Chambers, who hit three three-pointers in the second half — his only field goals of the game. Other games

At Mountlake Terrace 58, Edmonds-Woodway 42 — Ryan Strieby scored all 17 of his points in the first half as the Hawks (10-6, 12-6) started fast, finished fast and strengthened their grip on third place in the South with a victory. Terrace led 16-9 after one quarter, but didn't put the Warriors (7-9, 9-8) away until the fourth quarter. Luke Hammond went 5 for 5 at the free-throw line and Terrace made 13 of 16 free throws while outscoring E-W 21-7 in the final period. Hammond scored 13 points for Terrace, which shot 57 percent (21 of 37) from the field. Raurie McGinnis led E-W with 12.

At Everett 64, Meadowdale 50 — The Seagulls shot 52 percent from the field and made only 11 turnovers as they surprised WesCo South's second-place team. Everett (7-8, 9-8), a preseason division favorite before being hurt by multiple injuries, got double-figure scoring from seniors Jamie Lee (14 points), Adam Moore (14), Pat Mattson (12) and Sam Wertheimer (11). "They're a senior team and they understand what this is all about," said Everett assistant coach Jim Anderson, whose team still clings to playoff hopes. "We have to win each game, and they responded to the first game. They rose to the challenge." Jake Linton and Tyler Milam scored 11 each for the Mavericks (11-6, 13-6).

Shorewood 63, at Lynnwood 48 — Michael Stiles, the Thunderbirds' 6-3 junior forward, scored 26 points as Shorewood (9-6, 11-6) drilled Lynnwood. Rob Diederichs added 12 points and Sean Tracey 11 for Shorewood. Drew Matzen scored 21, Robbie Alexander 13 and Scotty Olson 11 to lead the Royals (7-10, 7-12).

Kamiak 75, at Shorecrest 64 — Gary Rogers, the Knights' 6-5 junior forward, scored 27 points and Kamiak outscored Shorecrest 18-9 in a pivotal third quarter. Aaron Rosenberger added 15 points for Kamiak (5-10, 6-11). Graham Morrisey led the Scots (3-14, 4-16) with 20 points and 14 rebounds. John Karschney added 16 points and Tyson Cook 14 for Shorecrest.

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