Despite a solid fight throughout the game against No. 3 seeded Stockton by No. 6 seeded Sherwood in the Class 3, District 13 first round game Feb. 18 at Butler, Stockton slipped past the Marksmen 59-50.
It could have something to do with the 27 turnovers that the Marksmen committed during the game.
“That’s been our problem our whole year and we haven’t been able to fix it,” Sherwood head coach Jesse Richardson said. “When you have 27 turnovers in a district game against a 3 seed, it’s tough to overcome.”
The Tigers had a slim 10-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but led 25-16 at halftime.
In the third quarter, both teams scored 15 points, keeping Stockton ahead at 40-31. In the fourth quarter, after a Stockton free throw, Sherwood senior guard Courtney Hall hit a free throw to make the score 41-32. But the Tigers followed with two field goals in a row to lead 45-32.
Sherwood senior forward Britney Atkin put in two free throws, but Stockton responded with a basket. Atkin came back with two baskets and a free throw to make the score 47-39. Later in the game, with Stockton ahead at 56-46, Atkin put in another basket, but then fouled out as Stockton hit a free throw.
Sherwood senior point guard Kristen Searcy fouled out next as the Tigers put in another free throw to make the score 58-48. The Marksmen responded with a shot by sophomore guard Kirsten Smith, but senior point guard Ashley Hayworth fouled out with just seconds left as Stockton hit another free throw for the final score.
“I think they played their hearts out, it was just one of those cases where we made one too many mistakes,” Richardson said. “The effort was there.”
Atkin led Sherwood’s offense with 22 points and Hayworth added 12 points. Hall had eight points and Searcy and Smith added four points each.
The Marksmen end their season with a 15-11 record and graduate six seniors, including Hayworth, Hall, Searcy, Atkin, Kristin Gibbs and Paige Melvin.
“Leadership-wise, I’m probably not going to find another class like it,” Richardson said. “It would be hard to come by having six seniors on the team, five of which are starters. They are the definition of a student-athlete. All of them are great in school and great kids. They gave it their all. It just wasn’t our night.”