Sherwood had a 21-13 advantage in the second quarter against Holden in the first round of the Class 3, District 13 game Feb. 19 at Butler.
But by the end of the second quarter, Holden had the lead and didn’t look back, winning the game 51-45.
“They put the full court press on us and we didn’t handle it,” Sherwood head coach Mike Baker said. “We turned the ball over I think five times in a row and they got momentum doing that. And then they took us out of our offense and I think that was the big key to the game early in the second quarter.”
The Eagles had a 22-21 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, after a Holden basket, Sherwood senior Brett Eddleman hit a shot to make the score 24-23. Then the Eagles went on a 7-0 run to lead 31-23. Holden kept up the pressure with a 39-33 lead at the end of the third quarter. Sherwood senior Cody Wade hit a three-pointer as the clock ran out to make the score 39-36 going into the final eight minutes of the game.
In the fourth quarter, with the score at 45-37, Wade sunk a basket and two free throws to close the gap to 45-41. Holden hit a shot, but Wade followed with another one. Then the Eagles hit two field goals to take a 51-43 lead with just over two minutes left in the game.
Wade put in another basket, the final of the game. Holden missed two free throws before time ran out as did Wade.
“I thought we could have played better,” Baker said. “Our energy was good and we didn’t quit until the end. But I thought we made too many mistakes on the offensive end and had too many breakdowns on the defensive end. They played hard and that’s all I can ask for as a coach.”
Wade led the Marksmen in scoring with 21 points, followed by Eddleman with 18 points. Jon Miles had five points and Zach Matson added one point.
“Cody Wade had a phenomenal career,” Baker said. “He scored over 1,300 points and had a great season. He came down with the flu earlier this week and was a little weak tonight, but overall had a great year. Eddleman has been a three-year starter for us and scored over 800 points. He was key this year and stepped up and did a great job.”
Sherwood ends the season with a 12-14 record.