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NKY High School Sports: Cov Cath Beats Holy Cross, More

Covington Catholic defeated district foe Holy Cross 85-52 on Tuesday thanks to a big scoring night from their star senior CJ Fredrick.

Fredrick had a game-high 23 points, a strong performance coming off scoring his 1,000th point against Pickerington Central on Dec. 30. Senior center Jake Walter also starred with 22 points for the Colonels. The two scored over half of the team’s points.

Holy Cross senior guard Parker Zimmerman had a team-high 15 points.

Cov Cath was red-hot from the start, as they opened the game on a 19-0 run that featured an alley-oop finish from Walter that forced a Holy Cross timeout. The Indians couldn’t mount much resistance to Cov Cath’s offensive dominance, as the Colonels ended the first quarter with a 27-3 lead.

Fredrick had 13 points in the first quarter, and Walter had eight. Holy Cross’ Pete Knochelmann had the Indians’ three points, all coming an a successfully converted and-one layup.

Holy Cross made some headway into Cov Cath’s lead in the second quarter. Cov Cath went on a 10-3 run early in the period, but the Indians answered with a 15-7 run that featured a big dunk from Knochelmann. That run trimmed Cov Cath’s lead down to 44-23 at halftime.

Zimmerman and junior guard Andrew Wahl each had six points for Holy Cross to help the Indians outscore the Colonels 20-17 in the quarter. Fredrick and Walter each had four points in the quarter.

The third quarter was much of the same, as Cov Cath outscored Holy Cross by two points over the whole period. Walter had another dunk during an 8-3 Colonels run, which made up two of his eight points in the quarter. Knochelmann had a team-high six points in the third quarter for Holy Cross. Cov Cath went into the final quarter leading 63-40.

Senior guard Aiden Ruthsatz starred for Cov Cath in the fourth quarter with six points as the Colonels finished off their 33-point win. Walter threw down his third dunk of the game and Fredrick scored two more points in the fourth for each of them to cap off 20+ point performances. Shortly after, the teams emptied out their benches as the clock ticked down on Cov Cath’s 85-52 victory.

Holy Cross moves to 6-7 on the year, and they’ll face Holmes at home on Friday at 7:30 p.m. As for Cov Cath, they move to 10-3 on the year. They’ll play at Conner at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Written by Jeremy Chisenhall, RCN contributor

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