OTTAWA — After coming back from a poor start, Patrick Henry couldn’t overcome a scoreless third quarter and fell to Kalida 47-37 in the Division II sectional finals at Ottawa-Glandorf High School Friday.

The Wildcats scored the game’s first 8 points and led 11-2 before the Patriots closed the gap to 16-10 with a 3-pointer by Christian Petersen at the end of the first quarter.

Kalida led 22-14 midway through the second quarter when PH went on a 9-2 run to end the first half and close to within a points, 24-23, at intermission.

Xavier Wensink started the run with a triple and Jarrett Maas followed with another 3-pointer. After a basket by Kalida’s Trevor Lambert, Maas converted a 3-point play in the final minute of the second period to cap the run.

Patrick Henry’s momentum ended with the halftime buzzer.

The Patriots were 0 for 8 from the field in the third quarter and did not attempt a free throw. Defense kept PH close, as Kalida did not score for the first three minutes of the period.

Grant Laudick finally broke the scoreless run with a free throw. Lambert followed with two 3-pointers over the next 2 1/2 minutes and Laudick added two free throws with 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter for a 33-23 lead.

“I really don’t know,” said Patrick Henry coach CJ Holman when asked about the third quarter. “They are a tough match up. It seemed like everyone of their kids are a couple inches taller and a few pounds heavier than each of our kids.

“We did our darndest against their size,” added Holman. “We just didn’t get some shots to fall that fell for us Tuesday.”

Patrick Henry’s shooting woes continued in the fourth quarter. The Patriots missed their first eight 3-point attempts in the final canto.

Wensink made a free throw 27 seconds into the period to end a long scoring drought and Petersen’s bucket with 6 1/2 minutes remaining was the first field goal by the Patriots in 10 1/2 minutes.

Petersen and Wensink followed with baskets, and after a missed free throw by Kalida, Wensink scored again to cap an 8-0 run and close the gap to 39-32 with three minutes remaining.

That was as close as the Patriots got, missing three 3-point attempts over the next 30 seconds. Kalida went 3 of 6 from the foul line to push the lead back to double figures and put the game out of reach.

Patrick Henry finished the game 15 of 46 from the field, including 5 of 21 from 3-point range, for 33 percent. The Patriots were 1 of 11 from beyond the arc in the second half.

“We have shot 3-pointers all season,” said Holman. “That is the make up of the team. I told the guys, with as big as they are, we can’t turn down open looks. They just didn’t fall tonight.”

Kalida was 16 of 35 from the field, including 6 of 14 from 3-point range, and 9 of 15 from the foul line. Lambert led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Laudick added 13 and Luke Erhart had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Kalida had a 29-25 edge on the boards and both teams had seven turnovers.

Wensink led PH with 14 points and seven rebounds. Maas added 8 and Petersen tallied 7 points.

Patrick Henry ends its season at 10-14.

“Our last four games have been our best four games all season,” said Holman. “It was the most intensity and focus we have brought to both ends of the court.”

Kalida (17-6) advances to face ????? in the Division IV district semifinals at Liberty-Benton High School Tuesday at 8 p.m.

PH 10 13 0 14 — 37

Kalida 16 8 9 14 -47

Patrick Henry — Maas 2-1-1-8, Wensink 5-1-1-14, Holloway 1-1-0-5, McGraw 0-1-0-3, Petersen 2-1-0-7. Totals: 10-5-2-37.

Kalida — Lambert 3-3-1-16, Recker 0-2-2, Decker 0-2-0-6, Erhart 3-1-1-10, Laudick 4-5-13. Totals: 10-6-9-47.

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