COMPLETE GAME: Cardinals shut down Paris

COMPLETE GAME: Cardinals shut down Paris

The seventh-ranked Cardinals picked the perfect time for a complete-game performance.

The Region XIV Conference-leading Cardinals played shutdown defense en route to a 71-44 win on the road Saturday against the Paris Junior College Dragons, avenging an earlier 96-82 Cardinal Gym loss.

As a result of the win, the Cardinals upped their season mark to 22-3 and conference record to 13-1, keeping them two games clear of Tyler and three of Paris in the East Zone of the conference.

The Cardinals have six games remaining, starting with Bossier Parish at home Wednesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals are also scheduled to be at home Saturday against Panola at 4 p.m.

The Cardinals held Paris to 16 points in the first half, taking a 34-16 lead at the intermission.

Wendell Mitchell had 21 points, hitting 8-of-12 shots from the floor and hitting 5-of-5 from the free throw line. He also had nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

Joining Mitchell in twin figures were Jaime Echenique with 11 and Lorenzo Phillips and Andre Ibarguen 10 each. Ibarguen also had 14  rebounds.