STREAKING FINISH: Cardinals close regular season with 10 straight wins

STREAKING FINISH: Cardinals close regular season with 10 straight wins

The fifth-ranked Cardinals will head into the Region XIV Tournament this week with a full head of steam after a 76-69 win Saturday against Kilgore at Masters Gymnasium.

The win was the 10th straight for the Cardinals, who improved to 27-3 overall and finished conference 18-1.

The Cardinals take the No. 1 seed into the regional tournament March 6-10 in Jacksonville. They will take on the Bossier Parish-Kilgore winner at 1 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals.

The win was the Cardinals' 84th in their last 95 conference games. They have won/shared the title four of the last five years.

The Cardinals rallied in the second half to turn back Kilgore, which led 44-40 at the half.

Wendell Mitchell tossed in 19 points to lead the Cardinals, also dishing out seven assists.

Also scoring in double figures were Jaime Echenique with 14, Lorenzo Phillips 13 and Andres Ibarguen 11. Ibarguen also had 14 rebounds.

The Cardinals were 30-of-34 from the free throw line with Mitchell and Phillips hitting nine each.