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Originally published January 3, 2012 at 9:57 PM | Page modified January 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Sophomore lights it up in lifting Jackson to 70-54 victory over Snohomish

Jason Todd scores 27 points, grabs 12 rebounds

Seattle Times staff reporter

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MILL CREEK — It is hard to believe Jason Todd is only a sophomore.

Jackson's 6-foot-5 forward certainly didn't play like one Tuesday night. He filled up the stat sheet with 27 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, leading the young Timberwolves past fourth-ranked Snohomish 70-54.

"Jason had a great game," Jackson coach Steve Johnson said. "I've been telling people for quite a while that I think he's one of the best players, if not the best player, in WesCo and I don't think anyone watching tonight can argue differently."

In addition to leading the Timberwolves (8-3, 5-0 WesCo) in scoring, Todd controlled the glass. He didn't hesitate to feed open teammates and was charged with slowing down Panthers standout Luke Hamlin, who came into the game averaging more than 20 points a game.

Todd was all over the floor, getting things done in the flow of the game.

"My freshman year, that's one thing I really learned, just let the game come to me," Todd said. "I've got some great teammates. My guys help me out a lot. I'm just able to find ways to score and I'm very fortunate and blessed."

Todd scored the Timberwolves' first six points, giving his team an early lead.

He scored 10 points in the first quarter and sparked a 14-3 run that started late in the period and spilled into the second.

He even tipped an offensive rebound to Andrew Dodd (14 points, seven rebounds) during that stretch, leading to one of two Kyle Graff three-pointers.

"He's an all-around player," Johnson said. "What can you say? The guy does quite a bit for us. You can't ask for much more than that in all facets of the game."

Hamlin finished with 26 points — he scored the Panthers' final eight points — but Todd didn't allow many open looks at the basket.

"I don't know if I bothered him," Todd said. "I don't know about that. He pretty much did what he wanted. Luke's a great player. I've known him for a while. I admire him a ton."

After taking a 16-point lead into the half, Jackson led by 26 after Dodd scored the first basket of the fourth quarter.

Snohomish (9-2, 5-1) caught fire in the final period, but the deficit was too steep.

Mason Kelley: 206-464-8277 or mkelley@seattletimes.com

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