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High School Basketball: Regional Tournament Pairings

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has released the tournament pairings for the Ninth Region.

Friday night's 35th District title win for Covington Catholic (on a last-second half court heave) landed the Colonels a favorable bracket and placed runner-up Holmes in a first-round match-up against the only other team that defeated the Bulldogs this season, Newport Central Catholic.

Here's a look at the first round match-ups of the Ninth Region which will be played next week at the Bank of Kentucky Center at Northern Kentucky University:

Covington Catholic (25-6) vs. Ryle (12-17); Dixie Heights (17-13) vs. Newport (20-10); Cooper (23-5) vs. St. Henry (10-15); Newport Central Catholic (30-2) vs. Holmes (28-2). The winner of Cov Cath/Ryle will take on the winner of Dixie/Newport. The winner of Cooper/St. Henry will face the winner of New Cath/Holmes.

In the Tenth Region, Scott (14-14) will face Augusta (21-10) with the winner going up against the winner of Harrison Co. (19-12) and George Rogers Clark (9-20). The other half of the bracket features Montgomery Co. (28-4) vs. Nicholas Co. (10-20) and Bishop Brossart (25-5) vs. Bracken Co. (13-18).

Simon Kenton (18-10) is in the Eighth Region and will play Eminence (17-14) in the first round Tuesday evening. The winner of that game advances to face the winner of Collins (21-6) and South Oldham (21-7). In the other half of the bracket, Oldham Co. faces Grant Co. while Owen Co. (20-9) goes up against Anderson Co (21-4).