Covington Catholic came within three points of the lead with a minute to play, but Beechwood was able to hang on for the 55-50 win behind its free throw shooting.
The Tigers, ranked No. 8 in the Enquirer Northern Kentucky coaches' poll, made 15 free throws in the fourth quarter, including four by Brian Romes. A senior guard, Romes finished 11-of-15 from the free throw line and had 19 points.
Senior guard Trey Beuttel scored 16 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Beechwood (9-2) over CovCath (3-10) for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Colonels senior forward Luke Maile led all scorers with 20 points.
This team will more than likely go undefeated in the conference and win 20 games or more this season. The win over CCH was huge as it's a must needed win in their district which is made up of CCH, Beechwood, Holmes and Holy Cross (ouch!). Beechwood has been blocked from the regional round ever since they joined the 35th district in 2005. The game against Holy Cross on Feb. 4th will be a big one for the Tigers. This is a solid team that is starting to earn some respect in Northern Kentucky Hoops.