Covington Catholic rallies past Scott County to claim 2014 KHSAA state title

03/24/2014 11:13 AM

Covington Catholic senior guard Nick Ruthsatz scored 16 of his game-high 25 points over the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Covington Catholic High School past Scott County 59-51 in Sunday’s final of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 in front of 14,000 fans at Rupp Arena.

Nick’s father, Scott Ruthsatz, moved his family from Jersey City (N.J.) to Kentucky in 2011 when he was named Covington Catholic’s head coach. Scott was able to share Covington Catholic’s first-ever state championship with his son, whose 25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals earned him Sweet 16 MVP honors.

Mark Schult added 12 points for the Colonels.

Scott County senior guard Trent Gilbert, who had averaged 31.7 points through the Cardinals’ first three Sweet 16 games, made just 4 of 25 shots for 10 points in the final. Hines Jones (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Tony Martini (16 points, 17 rebounds) both posted double-doubles for Scott County, who finished as the state runner-up for the second time in three years.

The Cardinals led 51-49 with 2:26 left in overtime, but they never scored again. Ruthsatz tied the game at 51, then stole the ball and kicked it ahead to teammate Bo Schuh for the go-ahead basket with 1:46 remaining. Scott County had three shots to tie or take the lead after Schuh’s basket but missed them all. Covington Catholic clinched the game with free-throws and a late run-out for an easy lay-up.

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