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PREP WATCH: Yeaney's shot puts Blues in Shootout final


by: COURTESY OF MIKE WEBER - Bendu Yeaney of St. Mary's Academy puts up the winning shot Sunday in the Blues' 56-54 semifinals victory over Skyview at the Nike Interstate Shootout in Lake Oswego High's gym.The St. Mary's Academy Blues have moved into the championship game of the Nike Intershoot Shootout at Lake Oswego High.

Freshman guard Bendy Yeaney scored the winning layup with five seconds remaining Sunday to lift the Blues to a 56-54 victory over the Skyview Storm of Vancouver, Wash., in semifinals action.

St. Mary's trailed 34-28 at halftime, but chipped away to win its third consecutive game, all in the tourney. Earlier victories came over Corvallis in Friday's first round 53-42 and Clackamas on Saturday 41-34.

The Blues will play Beaverton for the title at 8 p.m. Monday.

The Beavers were a 54-45 winner over South Salem in Sunday's second semifinal.

Beaverton (7-2) topped the Blues 66-38 in a Dec. 18 game at St. Mary's.

St. Mary's (6-4) had two players in double figures against Skyview: Martina McCowan led the way with 16 points, and Tyschal Blake scored 11 points. Yeaney finished with nine points, also tying the game with a drive in the final 30 seconds. Tasia Bilbrew added eight points, and Clara Ell and CeCe Wooten each had six.by: COURTESY OF MIKE WEBER - Martina McCowan of St. Mary's Academy starts a drive against Skyview.