The Woodland girls didn't make a high percentage of their free-throw attempts on Tuesday, but the Wildcats hit enough to pull away late for a 50-40 home win over East Paulding in Region 7-AAAAA.
Nickiah Metcalf scored half of her eight points in the first quarter to help Woodland (1-5, 1-1) take a slight 8-6 lead into the second period. Lauren Morris had all four of her points in the that quarter to help Woodland extend its advantage to 20-15 at halftime.
A pair of 3-pointers by Madgie Robinson, who finished with 10 points, and six points from Ansley Evans, who paced the Wildcats with 11, were enough for Woodland to maintain a slight 35-32 edge entering the fourth quarter.
Woodland hit 11 of 20 free throws in the final stanza, highlighted by Jordan Thompson's 5-of-6 showing to boost her to nine points in the game, to close out its first win of the season.
East Paulding 63, Woodland boys 62
Forty combined points from Dawson Wilkins and Hunter Johnson weren't enough to help Woodland edge out East Paulding in a Region 7-AAAAA home clash Tuesday.
Wilkins had 22 points, including 15 in the first half, while Johnson poured in 15 of his 18 across the middle two periods. Missed free throws, though, haunted the Wildcats (3-4, 0-2), who missed a golden opportunity to grab a key region win.
Despite six points from Wilkins in the first quarter, the Raiders carried a 16-12 lead into the second quarter. Wilkins and Johnson teamed up to score 17 of Woodland's 23 second-quarter points to springboard the Wildcats into a 35-31 halftime lead.
East Paulding bounced back in the third quarter to take a 50-47 advantage into the final period. D.J. Robinson had eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Woodland missed 5 of 6 free throws in the last stanza to keep itself from completing the comeback.
Woodland's next game will be at Rome on Friday.