H.S. BASKETBALL | Covington Catholic Wins the Boys' Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament

03/18/2018 03:55 PM

The Covington Catholic boys basketball team won the 2018 Whitaker Bank / KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament on Sunday Afternoon.

The Colonels defeated Scott County 73-55 to win the second title in the school’s history and the first since 2014. The game was a rematch of the 2014 State Championship when CovCath topped Scott County in overtime, 59-51.

In the first half, Iowa signee and CovCath senior guard C.J. Fredrick scored 14 points to push the Colonels to a 32-25 halftime lead. Fredrick finished the game with 32 points to lead all scorers, and he also earned tournament MVP. Scott County junior center Michael Moreno was a force inside for the Cardinals with 12 points at the half and finishing with a team-high 21 points. Below are the first half highlights from the State Championship:

The effort was there, but the Cardinals could not close the deficit in the second half. Every time the team would try to make a run, the Colonels had an answer and never really lost control of the game. Xavier signee and senior center Jake Walter had been tough to handle the entire Sweet Sixteen tournament for opposing teams and while he only scored 6 points in the game, his presence was obvious on both sides of the court. Senior guard Aiden Ruthsatz also pitched in with 16 points of his own.

Covington Catholic Coach Steve Ruthsatz reacts to his team winning the 2018 Whitaker Bank / KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament.

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