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Girls basketball: Three Canby players earn all-league recognition

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Three Rivers League coaches select Cianne Cates, Cassidy Posey and Mackenzie Lee for all-league honors

Three Canby girls basketball players received all-Three Rivers League recognition for their performances this season.

Canby junior wing Cassidy Posey and senior guard Cianne Cates earned Second Team All-League honors while senior wing Mackenzie Lee garnered Honorable Mention All-League distinction.

Among many strong performances, Posey scored 28 points against St. Mary's Jan. 27, 18 points against Sherwood Jan. 7 and 17 points against Tualatin Feb. 7. And Posey contributed as much on the defensive end of the floor as the offensive end. She received all-league recognition for the first time in her career.

"You never know what the other coaches are thinking. I know how good she is, how hard she works. I wasn't surprised at all. It was very, very well deserved," Canby head coach Brooke Cates said.

Cianne accumulated 27 points against West Linn Jan. 6, 24 points against St. Mary's Jan. 27, 13 assists against Lakeridge Jan. 24 and 12 assists against Lake Oswego Feb. 14. Cianne made the all-league first team in her junior season.

"I think they recognized her presence on the court. She's one they have to guard. They know she's a scorer and just her tenacity and her leadership on the court," Cates said.

Lee scored 16 points against Tigard Feb. 17, 15 points against Lakeridge Jan. 24 and 14 points against West Linn Feb. 3.

Lee also received Honorable Mention All-League honors in her junior season.

"Mackenzie, I thought she should had been on a team too. She's under the radar. She's doing a lot of good things out there. I couldn't be more proud of her," Cates said.

St. Mary's guard Bendu Yeaney received League Player of the Year honors whileBlues sophomore Mya Brazile was named the Defensive Player of the Year and Tigard coach Steve Naylor earned Coach of the Year distinction.

"I'm really excited we got a couple in there. We have a lot of really talented athletes in our league," Cates said.