Covington Catholic beats Bowling Green 81-68

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Cole VonHandorf scored 22 points to lead Covington Catholic to an 81-68 victory over Bowling Green in the semifinals of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament Saturday night at Rupp Arena.

The 9th Region champion Colonels (32-2) outscored the Purples 11-0 to close out the first quarter and led by 23 in the second quarter. Covington Catholic held off a late surge by Bowling Green in the fourth quarter to advance to the state finals for the first time since 1967.

The Colonels will play Scott County in the finale Sunday. The Cardinals (35-3) defeated Louisville Trinity 62-56 in the other semifinal.

Nick Ruthsatz and Ben Heppler followed Vonhandorf with 17 points each.

Bowling Green (29-7), the Region 4 winner, got 31 points from Kentucky Mr. Football Nacarius Fant. Joseph Ayers followed with 14 and Tucker Sine added 13.

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