CENTRAL HEIGHTS — The Central Heights Blue Devils are a work in progress this season. After key graduates moved on after last season, the team had to re-establish its identity this season. It appear to be doing just that, recording its third consecutive District 21-3A victory without a loss Friday night with a 55-43 win over Corrigan-Camden here in Russell Gymnasium.
The Devils trailed only twice in the first period, but then established a 10-8 lead at the end of the stanza and stretched it slightly to 25-21 at the break.
After scoring just nine points in the third quarter, the Blue Devils exploded for 20 points in the fourth to cruise to the win, improving to 10-16 on the season and 3-0 in district play.
Corrigan-Camden fell to 0-3 in league play.
Every player that stepped on the floor for Central Heights contributed to the win, as nine different players scored in the game. Senior D.J. Ransom led all Blue Devil scorers with 13 points, scoring five in the second quarter and six more in the fourth. Freshman Trey Huddleston and senior Drew Hiebert both chipped in 10 points, with Huddleston scoring half of his points in the final period.
Seniors Devante Caldwell and Logan Farrell both dumped in six points for CHHS, while freshman Jackson Flynn adding three and senior Will Grigsby, sophomore Preston Watson and junior Michael Perry chipping in two each.
Richard Thomas did most of the damage for Corrigan-Camden, scoring 20 points, while Morgan Rayborn pitched in 11.
Huddleston gave Central Heights its first tie of the game, 5-5, when he hit a trey in the opening period. He then dished off a pass to Ransom, who scored a layup off of a turnover to put the Devils on top, 7-5, with 3:12 left in the period. After a trey by Corrigan’s Thomas, Caldwell landed his first of two three-pointers with 35 seconds left in the period and CHHS never trailed again.
Farrell dropped in a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter in the final two minutes to help Central Heights to a 25-21 lead at the break, and a 7-0 Blue Devil run in a span of 1:37 of the third enabled CHHS to grab a 32-23 lead with 5:44 left in the quarter.
The Devils led 35-29 heading into the fourth, but blew the game open with a 15-5 run run in the first 4:34 of the fourth and they coasted from there.