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Rockwall girls come so close to winning 4A State Championship

AUSTIN – The Rockwall girls basketball team rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to take the lead six times during the second half, but Mansfield Summit regained the lead, 39-38, on Maya Hawkins’ 3-point shot with five minutes to play and held on for a 45-42 victory in the 4A State Championship game at the University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center Saturday afternoon.

Rockwall star and Rice University signee Alyssa Lang (pictured above) scored a game-high 25 points, 10 during a third-quarter rally, which brought the Lady Jackets (34-8) back from a 22-15 deficit to just one point at 36-35. She also led the team with 10 rebounds and blocked two shots.

With just 1:19 remaining, Rockwall trailed by just 41-40, but the Jaguars hit free throws when it mattered most.

Ashley Eli and Nia Jackson each hit a pair of free throws in the final minutes to thwart Rockwall’s comeback. Summit (37-3) made 10 of its 13 free throws.

Rockwall was hurt by free throws, making just 12 of 23 from the stripe. That included the front end of a pair of 1-and-1 situations in the final minute.

Hawkins led Summit with 19 points, after being sidelined for four weeks with an ankle injury. She was named the championship game MVP.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher. Photo by Erich Schlegel, Special Contributor.

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