Too much Cole VonHandorf meant the Camels would not be getting over on Hump Day.
VonHandorf scored 29 points Wednesday to lead defending champion Covington Catholic to a 64-43 victory over Campbell County's Camels in the first round of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' State Basketball Tournament.
VonHandorf, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, hit 10 of 16 field goals, including two of three three-pointers, and went 7-for-9 at the free-throw line as the fifth-rated Colonels (30-5) cruised into Friday's quarterfinals.
"We lost a lot of seniors last year, so I knew I had to step up, along with my senior point guard Cooper" Theobald, said VonHandorf, who scored his 1,000th career point during the first half. "I knew we had to kind of control the game. And we came out early and we were clicking all together, passing it around, and then we were all making our shots. So they made it easy for me."
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Theobald finished with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Andy Flood added 10 points.
The Colonels, winners of seven straight, fired in 21 of 41 shots (51.2 percent), while holding Campbell County to 16 of 42 (38.1 percent). CovCath also turned the ball over only six times, while Campbell County had 14 errors.
"Early, we did some good things to stay in the game," Camels Coach Aric Russell said. "We were playing some 2-3 matchup, trying to force them to shoot a little bit. They hit some shots. VonHandorf was killing us, hitting everything. We let him get away from us too much.
"So we came out second half, tried to play some man-to-man on him. Didn't do too well with that either."
Matt Wilson led No. 8 Campbell (25-10) with 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. De'Ondre Jackson had 11 points and three assists.
CovCath led 32-26 at halftime, getting 14 points from VonHandorf.
Campbell County used an 8-0 run to build a 20-14 lead early in the second quarter.
The Colonels soon answered with an 11-0 spurt to take the lead.
VonHandorf started the rally with a three-pointer.
After Matthrew Shumate scored on a slash across the lane, VonHandorf scored on a put-back. Baskets by Bo Schuh and Theobald capped the run.
A third-quarter run of 12-0 pushed the lead to 44-28, and the Colonels never lost control.
"I think second half we really came out with a lot of energy," winning coach Scott Ruthsatz said. "I think we started the game with some energy, hitting the boards real hard, and that kind of set the tone. Then we kind of took our lull."
That might have been due to a week off and/or playing under the bright lights of Rupp Arena, but the lull didn't last.
"Second half, we just really talked about our defense," Ruthsatz said. "If we can really hang in there defensively, keep Wilson from (scoring) inside, force them to take per imeter jump shots, then we should be able to get some rebounds and really start our offense."
CovCath wound up with scoring advantages of 34-24 in the paint, 14-3 on second-chance shots and 15-4 in points off turnovers. The Colonels also cashed in on 19 of 29 free throws, while the Camels went 9-for-12.
"We were on our heels all night on defense because we couldn't make any shots," Russell said. "... When you're missing shots on a team like them, they're going to push it the other way. It puts way too much pressure on your defense, and then it just starts snowballing. I felt like we gave up too many offensive boards also.
"But VonHandorf handled this game and it was his tonight, and we didn't have an answer for him."