Free Throws from Stan Levy and Tate McCurry proved to be the difference for CHS as the Bears captured the school's first ever state title in basketball beating No. 1 seed Scotlandville 57-54.
Levy gave the Bears the lead for good, going 1 of 2 on free throws with 35.8 seconds left, before the Hornets missed a deep 3. Nico Jones grabbed the miss and got the ball to McCurry who was fouled with 9.8 seconds left. McCurry made both free throws and a desperation 3 at the buzzer by Scotlandville fell well short as the CHS bench erupted in celebration.
“It has not sunk in yet,” coach Derrick Jones said. “So much of Catholic High is in me. To be able to do at this school that has meant so much for so many. … It means a lot.”
The Bears shot a staggering 63 percent from the field inside of Burton Coliseum on Saturday's win.
Senior Connor Green led the way with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting, while fellow senior Dennis Hebert, III added 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting.
CHS forced the Hornets to turn the ball over 17 times in the game and out scored Scotlandville 30-24 in the second half to claim the 3 point win.
The Bears finish the season with a 28-6 record.