Paulding County had used a 16-12 run to lead the Lady Wildcats after a quarter of play, then outscored the Bartow school 13-7 in the second frame to enter the halftime locker trailing 29-19.
The score was 39-32 after three quarters of play.
“[The] girls played extremely hard,” head coach Colman Roberts said. “[We] pulled with seven points after the third quarter. We were down only four points [with] about six minutes to go in the game, but a couple of bad bounces didn’t go our way.”
It is the second time in two weeks that Woodland has pushed the Lady Patriots to the limit before falling late. They lost by three points a week and a half ago.
Woodland was playing its best basketball of the year as it entered the Region 5-AAAAA tournament, and that helped the Lady Wildcats challenge the top team in its region.
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