St. Paul’s senior guard Parker Edwards has been a nightmare for District 6-5A opponents through his brilliant career.
Friday night in his final game against Slidell, he put on a show.
Edwards sizzled against the Tigers with 30 points to help St. Paul’s defeat Slidell 81-63 in Slidell.
With the win, the Wolves remain unbeaten in 6-5A at 12-0 and 25-6 overall. Slidell fell to 20-8 and 7-4 in league play.
“I’ve actually been in a slump for the last several weeks,” Edwards said. “But as soon as those first two shots went in that was a signal to me to keep shooting. When you keep shooting and they keep going in, you keep shooting.
“We got to just keep doing what we are doing. One day at a time and one game at a time because before you know it the playoffs will be here and then it is win or go home.”
Edwards got off to a hot start to pace the Wolves, the second-ranked team in the latest LHSAA Division I power rankings. He nailed a pair of 3-pointers and another bucket in the opening quarter, St. Paul’s led 22-14 after the first eight minutes.
Slidell responded with an 8-2 run to open the second period and a bucket by Tylor Harris cut the deficit to 24-22 with 6:11 to go in the first half. A 3-pointer by Harris less than a minute later gave Slidell a brief 27-26 advantage.
Leading 41-37 at halftime, the lead ballooned to 51-41 on a 3-pointer by Devonte Allen with 4:26 to go in the third period. Slidell again responded with a run, cutting the lead to 53-49 after a three-point play by Kolby Warren.
That was the closest the Tigers got as the Wolves' hot-shooting continued. Edwards hits three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the final with 3:38 to go to make it 70-57.
The win for the Wolves was their third this season in four matchups against their parish rival.
In addition to Edwards big night, the Wolves also got 20 points from Allen and 11 points from Bill Leahy.
Warren led the Tigers with 17 points, Harris had 14 and Jonathan Merriman finished with 10 in a losing effort.
“We just had no answer for Parker tonight,” Warren said. “He’s an outstanding basketball player. We just have to get back to work, fix our mistakes and finish out district play strong as we head into the playoffs. We still have a lot to play for.”
The Wolves return to action against Mandeville on Monday at home, while Slidell travels to Fontainebleau on the same day.