NKY Boys Basketball District Titles Claimed
Some close games and some blowouts took place Friday night as boys basketball district titles were claimed ahead of next week's regionals.
In the 9th Region, Covington Catholic continued to roll, bouncing Holy Cross 87 to 61 to win the 35th District for the fourth straight year. The Colonels (28-4) will be the top seed in the 9th Region tournament. The Indians will enter the bracket at 13-16.
In the 36th District, Newport held off rival Newport Central Catholic 68 to 67 in overtime to win its first district crown this century. New Cath had won the district title every year since 2009. With the win, Newport heads into the regional tournament with a record of 24-6 while New Cath will look for an upset bid with a record of 16-12.
Dixie Heights won the 34th District over St. Henry, 71 to 46. The Colonels head to the regionals with a record of 16-14 while the Crusaders are 12-16.
Cooper had no trouble with Ryle in the 33rd District, winning 66 to 36. The Jaguars improved to 24-5 and enter the 9th Region tournament looking to repeat as champs. Last season, Cooper won its first bid to the Kentucky Sweet 16 and finished as state runners-up. Ryle is 11-19.
In the 8th Region, Walton-Verona held off Simon Kenton, 40 to 38 to win the 32nd District. The Bearcats are 26-5 and share that record with Oldham County as the top teams in the region. The Pioneers will head to the regional with a record of 19-9.
In the 10th Region, Campbell County held off Scott, 58 to 57 to claim the 37th District title. The Camels are 25-5 and the Eagles are 21-9 in the highly competitive 10th Region, which Scott won last year en route to an appearance in the state semifinals.
Pendleton County (24-7) won the 38th District title over Harrison County (11-20), 73 to 44.
The brackets for the 9th & 10 Region boys basketball tournaments, and the 8th, 9th, and 10th Region girls basketball tournaments are in the slideshow below. The boys 8th Region will be added as soon as it is released.
Photo by Brian Frey for RCN