The St. Mary’s Blues (2-2) girls basketball team opened Three Rivers League play with a controlling 64-47 home win over the Newberg Tigers (2-2).
After a tight opening four minutes, in which Newberg led 7-5, St. Mary’s well-known full court pressure defense overwhelmed a young Newberg team that starts all underclassmen. The Blues went on a 24-2 run to open a 29-9 lead early in the second quarter.
St. Mary’s sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney led the attack, forcing steals and cashing them in for easy buckets in transition. Yeaney scored ten of her game-high 21 points during the run. The Tigers eventually settled down but dug themselves a significant 36-20 halftime hole.
The Blues appeared to make a conscious effort to feed post Tyschal Blake to start the second half. Blake scored seven straight St. Mary’s points to give the Blues a 43-25 lead. The senior finished the game with 19 points.
Midway through the third quarter, a flip switched for Newberg. The Tigers were noticeably methodical and patient in breaking the full court press and executing their half court offense. Sophomore point guard Taylor Rarick scored nine of her team-high 15 points in the quarter as Newberg went on 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 46-35 entering the fourth quarter.
That was as close as the Tigers would get though. The Blues led by as many as 22 points before finalizing the 64-47 win.
The Blues will go on the road to take on Tigard Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. Newberg visits Silverton for a non-league contest Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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