BELTON — Take a four-point loss to Waco Midway, two losses to Harker Heights by six or less points and a five-point loss to Ellison the first round of district. Combine those with Tuesday night’s 40-36 loss to No. 16 Ellison in the regular-season finale and they equal the Belton Lady Tigers’ season in a nutshell: Close but unable to finish.

The Lady Tigers (16-18, 5-9) entered Tuesday’s contest needing a win and some help just to have a possible play-in game to make the playoffs. Midway’s 44-35 win over San Angelo Central gave Belton the help it needed, but a turnover-plagued third quarter proved costly and Belton finished District 8-6A in fifth place.

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