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CovCath Rolls Past Dixie Heights, 58-31

The first matchup of the double header at BB&T Arena on Friday night was between Covington Catholic and Dixie Heights.

CovCath was hoping to keep things rolling after beating Ryle 63-­46 the previous night. Dixie, on the other hand, was hoping to bounce back after a tough loss to Holy Cross on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for Dixie, it was CovCath that was on the winning side of the scoreboard at the end of the night, defeating Dixie 58­-31.

Early on, it looked as if the crowd was in for a good game. Dixie got the scoring started with an impressive take to the basket by Reed Bradfield who got fouled on the play and made the free throw. CovCath's Andy Flood would answer with buckets on back-to-back possessions. The two teams traded baskets for the entirety of the quarter before Covcath took a 14-­12 lead thanks to a nice play by Austin Sweeney who stole the ball with just seconds left and kicked it out to CJ Fredrick for a three as time expired.

The second quarter wasn’t much different than the first, but CovCath did start to pick up the intensity on defense. They held Dixie to just seven points in the quarter, which helped them build on their lead a little bit heading into the locker room. The score at the end of the half was 24-­19 in favor of CovCath.

The third quarter was dominated by CovCath on offense and defense. They held Dixie to just 4 points for the entire quarter. Between the stifling defense and exceptional play from Fredrick and Flood, Covcath pushed their lead to 40­-23 as the third quarter came to a close.

CovCath kept their foot on the gas and went on a 10­-1 run to start the fourth quarter. With 3:43 remaining in the game, the score was 50-­24 and, after pulling its startes, CovCath would go on to win by the score of 58­-31. With the win, CovCath mproved their record to 22­-6 on the season while Dixie fell to 15-­10 with the loss.

CovCath started slow, but eventually found their groove on their way to an impressive victory. Coach Ruthsatz cited a couple of reasons for the slow start.

“Part of it was the lack of energy in the arena. We’re used to a full house and a big cheering section, but I think the biggest thing was the quick turnaround from the Ryle game. Ryle really battled us last night so we had to play our starters all four quarters. Sometimes that can be tough for the younger guys who aren’t used to it.”

Next us for CovCath is a matchup with Simon Kenton on Tuesday. Dixie will take on Cooper on Tuesday night.

- Written by Patrick Henke, RCN contributor

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