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CJ Fredrick leads Covington Catholic past Scott County 73-55 for Sweet 16 State Championship

PHOTO: @KHSAA

KHSAA has crowned a new Sweet 16 State Champion.

Covington Catholic has defeated powerhouse Scott County to take home the title trophy by a final score of 73-55.

Cov. Catholic, led by CJ Fredrick with 32 points in the victory, finishes the year with a 35-4 record.

Scott County, the heavy favorite going into the tournament, ends their season with a 37-2 final record.

With just over three minutes to go in the first quarter, Scott County led Cov. Cath. 9-11, but an 8-0 run led by two big baskets from Fredrick pushed the Colonels out in front 17-11.

Midway through the second, Scott County was able to cut the lead to just three points, but Catholic continued to bounce back, extending the lead to seven at halftime.

Three big baskets to start the third quarter extended the Colonels’ lead to 13 points, and from there, the Cardinals were unable to cut the lead to anything less than eight points. For every response Scott County had, Covington Catholic came right back with their own punch in the mouth, pushing the lead to as many as 21 points late in the fourth quarter.

FINAL: 73-55

Here are the game highlights:

CJ Fredrick once again put on a show, matching the tournament-high point total yet again with 32 on 9-15 shooting, 4-6 from three, and 10-11 from the line. He also added three assists, two rebounds, and zero turnovers on the day.

According to the Herald-Leader’s Josh Moore, Fredrick’s 32 points is ninth-best all-time in title games, and his 111 total points in the Sweet 16 has pushed him past Dominique Hawkins (107) and just behind Chris Lofton (112) on the leaderboard to 12th overall.

To no one’s surprise, Fredrick took home Sweet 16 Most Valuable Player honors:

Cov. Catholic’s Aiden Ruthsatz also added 16 points (5-8), five assists, and two rebounds in 31 minutes of action.

For Scott County, starting guard Cooper Robb finished with 22 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the loss. Teammate Michael Moreno wasn’t too far behind with 21 points of his own, eight rebounds, and an assist.

Photo: @CityofPalms1

The Covington Catholic students came out in full force throughout the tournament, but took it to a whole new level in the title game. From the opening tip through the final buzzer, the Colonel student section put on a show:

This is Cov. Cath’s second state championship in the last five years, with the first coming in 2014.

With buzzer-beater victories, triple-overtime battles, and ridiculous scoring outputs each day, this was certainly a Sweet 16 for the books.

Congratulations to Covington Catholic on their incredible run!

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

16 Comments for CJ Fredrick leads Covington Catholic past Scott County 73-55 for Sweet 16 State Championship



  1. patm
    5:23 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    That is Joe Walters retired Cincinnati Bengal leading CCH cheer section.



  2. Cokely53
    5:31 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not mathematician but I’m pretty sure 111 is less than 112.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      5:38 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

      Forgot to add the “and just behind” part. Good catch, thank you!



    • Cokely53
      5:55 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

      No problem. Was wondering if there was a typo or what was the issue. Good information tho jack.



  3. Shredder
    9:13 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    A football and basketball title in the same year. It’s a good year to be a Colonel! I think that’s only the 3rd time a school has won titles in two sports in the same year in state history (correct me if I’m wrong)!



    • unbridled
      9:55 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

      Covington Catholic has everything going in the right direction. Bob Rowe and cast are complete studs.



  4. unbridled
    9:36 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    Who would have thought cov cath stood a chance when last declared Scott county the “heavy favorite?”

    Colonels are doing everything right. Keep up the good work gentlemen.



  5. unbridled
    9:53 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    The last time Covington catholic won a state championship….UK played in the finals vs Connecticut, just saying.



  6. unbridled
    10:35 pm March 18, 2018 Permalink

    Is there anyway we could get CJ Fredrick to walk on at U.K.? I think he could contribute throughout his career. Please? I know that will never happen though.



    • Scotty B
      7:25 am March 19, 2018 Permalink

      He signed with Iowa already. His uncle is an assistant coach at CCH. He was a star at Notre Dame. Joe Frederick.



    • unbridled
      7:32 am March 19, 2018 Permalink

      I know. I’m familiar with the situation. I was just wishing he could walk on at U.K.



  7. yougot8
    8:03 am March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Walk on! Heck, give him a scholarship! He’d contribute more than Richards.



  8. unbridled
    9:51 pm March 19, 2018 Permalink

    Aj Mayer lead the Covington catholic football team to an undefeated state championship. Aj was injured throughout the beginning of the basketball season. Once he returned, the colonels did not lose a game. Aj will graduate 34-0 his senior year in football and basketball. That’s insane. Great kid to boot.