Defending boys’ state champion Covington Catholic, eighth in Dave Cantrall’s Rating the State, outscored Holmes by 10 in the fourth quarter and prevailed 45-37 in the 9th Region championship game Tuesday night at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights. Cole VonHandorf had 17 points, and Bo Schuh scored 12 and grabbed 11 rebounds to help put the Colonels back in this year’s Sweet Sixteen.
Camron Justice, a Vanderbilt signee, scored 21 points to lead No. 4 Knott County Central (30-2) past Perry County Central in the 14th Region finals at Powell County. It was the Patriots’ third win against the Commodores this season. Braxton Beverly led Perry Central (23-11) with 14 points.
Justice’s 3,549 career points are fourth all-time in Kentucky boys’ basketball history. He needs 19 more to move up to third.
Boyle County knocked off host Lincoln County, ranked 20th, 48-46 in the 12th Region finals. Jeremiah Bell scored a game-high 22 points for the Rebels, who had lost two of the teams’ three previous meetings this season. That included avenging a 20-point loss in the 45th District championship game.
Matt Wilson’s double-double — 22 points and 14 rebounds — helped Campbell County rout Scott for a second time this season, 89-57, in the 10th Region finals at Mason County. The Camels, who lost their first game against the Eagles 77-68 in mid-January, bounced back with a 70-26 victory in the 37th District championship game.
No. 17 Bowling Green edged No. 11 Warren Central 46-43 to win the boys’ 4th Region basketball championship for the third time in four years.
Taylor County held Bardstown to three points in the fourth quarter in a 58-39 victory in the 5th Region finals at Green County. It was the Cardinals’ first region title since 1983.