Sports Writer

HICKSVILLE - A rough night shooting was not the way to beat state-ranked Hicksville. Paulding found that out on Tuesday during a 48-41 loss to the eighth-ranked Division IV team in the state.

The Panthers connected on just 28 percent from the field on 15-54 shooting while things were not much better at the foul line where Paulding was 3-9 for 33 percent, including 1-7 in the second half.

It prevented the visitors from making a comeback against the Green Meadows Conference leaders, which took a 12-10 edge after one quarter and upped the advantage to 26-21 at half.

Sophomore standout Landon Turnbull scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first 16 minutes of action to lead the Aces. Carson Shull kept the Panthers in the game with 10 first-half points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Shull finished with four 3-balls and a game-high 18 points.

Unlike Paulding, the Aces were hot from the foul line connecting on 12-15 for 80 percent, and 8-9 in the fourth thanks to 4-4 performances from both Parker Thiel and Michael Myers. Hicksville ended 17-42 from the floor for 40 percent.

Thiel scored 13 points and Myers 10 for the Aces, which won the battle of the boards 35-25 in moving to 15-1 on the season.

The Panthers, which trailed 36-27 after three before outpointing Hicksville 14-12 in the fourth quarter, only committed four turnovers while the Aces had 14. However, Paulding could only put four players in the scoring column in slipping to 6-8 on the campaign. Fletcher Cook had nine points in a losing cause, Blake McGarvey eight and Jarret Miller six

Score by Quarters

Paulding   10  11  6   14  -  41

Hicksville  12  14 10  12  -  48

Paulding 41: McGarvey 0-2-2-8; Shull 3-4-0-18; Miller 1-1-1-6; Cook 3-1-0-9. Totals 7-8-3-41.

Hicksville 48: Brickel 3-0-0-6; Myers 3-0-4-10; Thiel 3-0-7-13; Turnbull 5-2-1-17; Bergman 1-0-0-2. Totals 15-2-12-48.

JV Score: Paulding, 47-27.