Sydney Boyd scored nine of her 11 points in the second half while Katie Harris dropped six of her points in the fourth quarter as the two tallied 11 points each for the cause, but it wasn’t enough.
Woodland also turned the ball over 14 times in the first half and committed numerous unforced errors throughout the evening.
“The difference in the game was our inability to take care of the ball and then we struggled scoring,” head coach Kyle Morgan said.
Woodland scored just a bucket in the second quarter and seven points in the third quarter as they sustained just their second region loss of the season. The loss halted their region streak at five games in a row.
The Lady Wildcats fell to 7-2 in Region 5-AAAAA and 11-6 overall. Paulding, 9-4 overall, improved to 5-3 in the region.
Woodland was competitive in the early going as Boyd sank a 2-pointer about seven seconds into the game. Paulding opened with a free throw but Marissa Dubose buried two free throws and Harris followed with a bucket to take a 6-1 lead. A 7-2 run tied the two teams at 8-all with 2:07 remaining in the frame. Harris hit the game’s first trey to close scoring at 12-11 in favor of Paulding as time expired in the first quarter.
Dubose scored Woodland’s only points in the second quarter while Paulding dropped 10 points through the nets and walked into halftime with a 22-13 first-half lead.
The Lady Wildcats continued to have scoring difficulties in the second half as Paulding opened with an 8-7 run in the third quarter. The Lady Patriots tacked four more points on the scoreboard and held a 34-20 lead after a full three quarters of play.
Woodland got its scoring muscles back in working order in the final period but the Lady Patriots had built off too great a differential for the Lady Wildcats to whittle down. Paulding started the frame with a 7-4 run, the last of those points coming for Woodland on a free throw by Harris and giving the visitors a 41-24 lead.
Woodland followed that up with a 12-9 run to close scoring. The final seven of Woodland’s points were guided through the net by Boyd, who sank two shots at the charity stripe, a deuce, another free throw and a final deuce to close scoring.
Morgan said Woodland must be more successful offensively to continue improving its record.
“A lot of the credit for that [low scoring] goes to Paulding County and the defense they played,” Morgan said. “Hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes and get a little better. The main thing we have to do is take care of the basketball.”
Woodland returns to the hardwood on Friday when it hosts Rome. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.