NEW WAVERLY — The Lady Bulldogs got so close they could taste it Tuesday. But victory eluded the New Waverly girls when a costly turnover and a tough shot by Corrigan Camden’s Amanda Love lifted the visitors to a 67-64 win in an important District 23-2A game.

After New Waverly took a 64-63 lead on a putback by center Deidra Jones, Corrigan came down and forced up a shot in traffic. Love was surrounded in the paint by New Waverly players. Fumbling the ball for a second, the Corrigan forward chunked up a shot and it fell, giving the visiting Bulldogs a 65-64 lead with four seconds left.

After a timeout to plan the last play, New Waverly lost the inbounds pass to Corrigan. A foul put Love on the line, and she sunk two free throws with less than a second left to put the game on ice.

“We made a few crucial mistakes in the end. We threw the ball away on the inbounds pass and that hurt us,” Lady Bulldogs coach Allen Atteberry said. “We’re playing with four sophomores, so that contributed a little to this loss. But these girls are working hard, they’re practicing hard and they’re finally finding a groove. They’re playing much more as a team now.”

Coming off a career-high, 32-point performance, New Waverly’s Jamie Segers scored 22 points Tuesday.

New Waverly dropped to 4-4 in district play, while Corrigan improved to 5-3. With two games remaining in the regular season, Atteberry said his team still has a legitimate shot at the playoffs.

“If we win (at Warren) on Friday the worst that can happen is a tie for third,” the coach said. “Warren beat us by two at the buzzer the first time we played. Friday’s game will be between two evenly matched teams, and the one which makes the fewest mistakes will probably win.”

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