It is always nice when you can win on Senior Night. However, it is even better when that win gives your team the most wins any Washington Catholic team has had in 17 years.

And that is exactly what last night’s 55-39 win over Dugger did for the 2010 Cardinals (9-12). In fact this was not only the most successful season, the 29 wins during Austin Deem, Luke Mitchell and Harrison Holmes career, were the most in a four-year span during that 17-year stretch.

“We didn’t quite have the season we wanted, but even after a bad stretch in the middle of the season, these kids did not lay down,” said WC coach Bill Brown. “We talked to those kids and told them those 29 wins are something to be proud of.”

Junior Austin Jarrett led all scoring with 23 points in the contest, but senior Mitchell was also in double figures with 13 points. Holmes also added eight points and three boards in his final appearance in the Birdcage, while Deem had a pair of assists, a steal and a point in 26 minutes of action.

“I thought Luke Mitchell did a heck of a job running the offense tonight, just like he has all year long. He came down the court on the first six possessions and made six great calls.

“Harrison has comeback and really stepped it up the last three games,” added Brown. “When Harrison is playing well, we are a better team.

“Austin Deem does so much for us that doesn’t show up in the scoring column. People who know the game, know the things he does for us. He does exactly what you ask him to do every day.”

The Cardinals rolled out to a 12-0 lead as they ran past Union in the first four minutes. Union missed its first six shots, but a pair of treys pulled them back into the game quickly. Union battled to just a four-point deficit at the end of the first quarter, but that would be as close as the Bulldogs would get for the rest of the game. WC held Union scoreless for the next eight minutes. Although it took four minutes for either to score in the second, WC would get buckets from Mitchell Holmes and Jarrett to move out to a 21-11 lead at the half.

The Cardinal offense exploded for 25 points in the third quarter. Mitchell had a pair of treys in the quarter. Adam Joyce and Matt Stuart also scored in the quarter, along with eight points from Jarrett, along with two buckets from Holmes.

Union did cut the score in the final quarter with a 16-9 run of its own, leading to the 55-39 final.

“I though it was a really good win and it showed our kids that good things happen when you execute,” said Brown.

The Bulldogs were led by Tyler Talpas who had 19 points and seven rebounds, however, the team rebounds were tied at 37 each. Jarrett led WC with 12.

There was no JV game played. WC’s next game will be in the Loogootee Sectional, where they will play the winner of the Barr-Reeve v. Loogootee game.

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