The Rebelettes opened the scoring with a two-point shot from Andrea Lasseigne, but were then outscored 14-1 for the rest of the half and 22-2 through three quarters, as they trailed 22-4 headed into the fourth quarter.
"We weren't moving on offense," HC coach Jane Williamson said. "We were doing a pretty good job on defense. We could have done some things if we had run on them, but we stopped and passed the ball. That was the last thing on the planet we needed to do ... We just didn't do a very good job of handling the ball [Friday]."
Of Haralson County's 31 turnovers in the game, 21 came in the first half, as nothing was working offensively.
"We didn't pass the ball like we needed or break the press like we needed to," Williamson said. "When they did, they went five seconds late. Maybe we'll bounce back [today]. South Paulding put a lot of pressure on us, played with a lot of aggression and we just didn't have an answer for them."
Skye Overby led HC again with eight points and six rebounds, while Lasseigne ended the night with four points.
Now the Rebelettes will have to regroup, as they face Heard County in the third-place game today at 4 p.m.
"It's kind of hard to play back-to-back days. It's nice when you've got a few days to work on some things. It's hard to prepare for two styles of team, basically in an hour," Williamson said.
Before the final game of the night, the tournament got an update after 37 years. The founding coaches, Ralph Hilburn and the man who has been a part of it for all 37 years, Randy Patterson were honored as the Haralson County Invitational Tournament became the Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County Invitational Tournament.
Patterson served as Hilburn's assistant before taking over the program and has continued to help with the tournament after he retired.
The school also honored the girls' teams from 1972 through 1976 that made five straight trips to the state championship game. The 1973 and '75 teams won the title, while finishing runner-up in 1972, '74 and '76. All five teams were coached by Williamson, who had nothing but good things to say about the group.
Over that five-year span, the Rebelettes went 141-10.
"I took the girls down in '71 to show them what it took to get to the state tournament. The '72 team was the first time we ever made it down there and we played in the next five," Williamson said. "These are some of the best players I ever coached. Fine young ladies."