High School Basketball

Covington Catholic is your 101st boys’ Sweet Sixteen champion

Their basketball team just won the state championship, but this student section deserves a trophy too

Watch the Covington Catholic student section cheer on their team at the state championship game against Scott County.
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Watch the Covington Catholic student section cheer on their team at the state championship game against Scott County.

When a list showing a second century’s worth of Kentucky high school basketball champions is drawn up 99 years from now, it’ll start with one name: Covington Catholic

The Colonels defeated Scott County, 73-55, to win the 101st Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen basketball state tournament championship game Sunday afternoon at Rupp Arena.


CJ Fredrick poured in 32 points in the finals, tied for ninth-best all-time in the last game. He scored 111 over four games in the tournament, putting him alone in 12th place for a single tournament. He passed Dominique Hawkins’ total from the 2013 tournament (107) and finished a point behind Chris Lofton’s total in the 2003 tournament (112).

Fredrick, who’s signed with the University of Iowa, was named Sweet Sixteen MVP. He shot 63.6 percent during the tournament; that’s tied for the 20th-best percentage over four games.

Immediate reaction from the 2018 Whitaker Bank KHSAA state championship, in which Covington Catholic bested Scott County 73-55.

The 9th Region champion won four games in four days to claim their second state title.

CovCath played 3rd Region champion Apollo in the first round on Thursday, advancing with a 71-47 victory. The Colonels avenged one of their two in-state losses in the quarterfinals after knocking out 6th Region champ Fern Creek, 66-58. They followed that late-night win with the first running-clock decision of the tournament, a 67-28 victory over Oldham County in the semifinals.

Covington Catholic became the third school to win a boys’ basketball championship and a football championship in the same school year, all doing so in the last seven years. Trinity did it first in the 2011-12 season and Bowling Green did it last season.

Cooper Robb, a senior who’s signed with Charlotte, had 22 points to lead Scott County. Michael Moreno, a junior, had with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Scott County fell to 2-4 all-time in state finals appearances

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Scott County's Michael Moreno shot Sunday against Covington Catholic's Jake Walter in the championship game of the 2018 Whitaker Bank KHSAA Sweet 16 basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Matt Goins

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps