Lady Cards softball opens conference play with big wins

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

It’s been a record-setting week for the Lady Cardinal softball team.

They opened Region XIV Conference play Thursday at Paris and launched an all-out assault on the record book. They easily swept the doubleheader, winning 13-0 and 28-9 – both in five innings.

The 28 points set a school record for runs in a game, bettering the mark set Tuesday in a 20-0 rout of Texas College. Those 20 runs had topped the previous mark of 16, set in 2012 in a 16-5 win against Coastal Bend and in a 16-2 win in Tuesday’s first game against Texas College.

The 41 points scored in Thursday’s doubleheader broke the school record of the 36 in the twinbill against Texas College. The 36 had broken the record of 26 in a doubleheader against Paris in 2014.

Thursday’s doubleheader sweep improved the Lady Cardinals to 13-11 on the season and extended their winning streak to five.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be at home twice next week, taking on Western Nebraska at 1/3 p.m. Tuesday and Bossier Parish at 1/3 p.m. Wednesday.

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The No. 1-seeded Cardinals fell in an 81-73 upset to Kilgore in Thursday’s quarterfinal action at the Region XIV Tournament in Jacksonville.

The Cardinals fell to 27-4 with the loss and will now await the possibility of receiving one of eight at-large berths to the national tournament. At-large berths and national tournament seedings and pairings will be announced Monday at 11 a.m.

The Cardinals were ranked No. 5 in the final NJCAA regular season rankings and have a strong probability of receiving an at-large berth.

Damari Parris led the Cardinals against Kilgore with 25 points, including five three-pointers.

Wendell Mitchell finished with 14 and Kevin Cheatham eight and Terrion Miller seven.

The Cardinals led 36-34 at the half.

 

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