Photos: Covington Catholic Downs Beechwood to Win 9th Region
Covington Catholic faced Beechwood for the third time this season, and won for the first time. The Colonels dominated the Tigers throughout Saturday night's 9th Region final at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights.
Covington Catholic (26-7) defeated Beechwood (29-5), 64-48, and will now go on to defend its state title in the Sweet 16 this week at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The Colonels will face Scott County (32-3), champions of the 11th Region, at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Two other Northern Kentucky teams also won their regional titles on Saturday and will join Covington Catholic in Lexington.
Walton-Verona will play in the tournament opener in a first-round game against Knox Central (29-4), champions of the 13th Region. Tip-off is at noon.
Campbell County also plays on Wednesday, in a clash against 5th Region champs John Hardin (34-0). Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. The winners of those two games will play each other in the quarterfinals on Friday, March 8.
RCN's Brian Frey was at BB&T Arena on Saturday and produced these photos from the 9th Region final.