PREPS: Yeaney, Blues capture 4th in 6A girls
Bendu Yeaney made her last high school basketball game one to remember on Saturday.
Yeaney rang up 31 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots as 25th-seeded St. Mary's Academy capped a strong playoff run with a 54-46 win over 10th-seeded Sunset.
The Blues claimed the fourth-place trophy at the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A tournament.
"My senior year. I have to go out with a bang, and fourth place was my bang," said Yeaney, a 5-9 guard headed to Indiana University for college basketball.
This was the capper to a St.Mary's career that included a second-place finish as a freshman and a sixth-place trophy her sophomore year.
St. Mary's finished this season 15-12, its only postseason loss to top-seeded Southridge in Thursday's quarterfinals at Chiles Center.
Coach Dewey Taylor III pointed to the leadership from Yeaney and fellow seniors Sally Luciano and Robyn Norman for the late-season surge. Luciano played five minutes and Norman got on the court for only the final minute on Saturday, but that kind of selfless commitment was as important as Yeaney's determination, according to the coach.
Yeaney scored 15 of the Blues' 17 fourth-quarter points. She put St. Mary's up 46-44 with two foul shots after an offensive rebound with 3:07 left. She was 11 for 11 from the free-throw line in the final period and 12 for 12 overall from the stripe.
A three-point play by Yeaney put the Blues ahead 42-35 with 5:28 on the clock. Sunset scored the next seven points to pull even.
Yeaney then hit two foul shots and a back-door layup off a feed from Mya Brazile, and then Brazile made two free throws in a six-point Blues sport to build a 50-44 lead with 53 seconds left.
Brazile had eight points, three assists and two steals.
Marley Johnson and Anna Eddy each grabbed seven rebounds, and they combined for five of the Blues' eight steals.