Close scores in late-game situations have plagued the Waynesville Tigers in each of the squad's nine losses this season.
Tuesday's contest against Ozark Conference rival Camdenton was no exception.
After a close-knit first period, the Tigers held a steady 24-17 lead at halftime. On defense, Waynesville held its opponent to a combined 16 points in the second and third quarters to take an even larger, 35-25 lead into the game's final quarter.
In position to win, Waynesville was ahead by as many as 10 points in the closing minutes of the game, but Camdenton found a way to sneak back into the game.
The Lakers overcame the looming deficit with 18 fourth quarter points, outscoring Waynesville by 10 to crawl back and tie the game at 43 to take the contest to overtime.
"Give Camdenton credit; they played hard and found a way to get back in the game," Waynesville assistant coach Will Harris said.
Camdenton maintained a steady pace and outscored Waynesville 16-8 again in the extra period, winning by a final count of 59-51.
Harris called Tuesday's match-up a "tough game for us."
"We put ourselves in a position to win the game but did not do what it takes to close the game out," Harris said.
The loss dropped Waynesville to 12-9 overall and to 3-3 in the Ozark Conference.
Waynesville has endured several heart-breaking losses this season. Since the beginning of 2013, the hometown Tigers have suffered two tough losses at the Lindbergh Tournament in St. Louis, and a third game at Hillcrest, 48-43, that also slipped away in the closing minutes.
Earlier in the season, Waynesville lost two games to Heritage (Ark.) and McCluer North by a combined two points, (55-54 and 63-62).
Scoring summary: Waynesville – Juwan Morgan, soph., 22 points; Joe Johnson, fr., 11; Kellieon Williams, jr., 8; Reggie Walker, fr., 5; D.J. Hargrow, sr., 4; Javante Armstrong, jr., 1.
Camdenton – Cullen Carlock, 20 points; Johnathon Hyde, 13; Michael Hake, 10; Ryan Elliot, 6; Bobby Johnson, 4; Ty McDuffy, 2; Zach Brown, 4.
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