MANSFIELD -- Diamond Lockhart sprinted her way to the basket with her Red Oak team tied with Mansfield Summit in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.
Lockhart got into the paint and flipped up a shot that rolled around the rim before crawling in, giving the Hawks a 42-40 lead with 1:11 remaining. That shot ended up being the game-winner, with Red Oak taking down Summit 45-40 at Summit High School on Tuesday night.
That final basket gave Lockhart a game-high 20 points and the Hawks (19-6, 5-1 in 15-4A) in a big road win. Red Oak succeeded with defense and offensive execution. The Hawks held the Jaguars (14-11, 4-2) without a field goal for the final 5:47 of the game. Summit scored just three points in that span.
"At times, we got a little wild," Red Oak coach Jeff Sutton said. "At the end of the game, they figured out that if you execute a play, you put the pressure on the defense and good things happen for you."
Red Oak started strong, leading Summit 14-8 after the first quarter. The lead grew to as large as nine points midway through the third quarter at 24-15.
That's when Summit climbed back into the game, thanks to leading scorer Keanna Kelly. She scored six points in the final five minutes of the third quarter and Summit had cut the deficit to 31-29 at the end of the frame. Kelly led Summit with 13 points.
Summit took the lead at 38-37 with 5:07 left in the fourth quarter on a free throw Janine Johnson, but Summit wouldn't score for another 3 1/2 minutes. Summit's Ty Calloway tied the game at 40-all on a pair of three throws with 1:40 left.
That's when Lockhart scored her final basket, giving the Hawks the lead for good. Summit had two chances at tying the game, but couldn't convert. Red Oak forced a turnover with 3.4 seconds left and up 43-40. The Hawks made a pair of free throws to close out the game.
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