Covenant Christian fought back with a rally in the second quarter as Kyra Joseph scored six points in an 11-2 run that drew the Warriors to 23-16, but that was as close as the game ever got.
However, the Warriors’ youth got the best of them in the end. After a solid effort in beating Monrovia 43-27 on Tuesday, the Covenant was plagued by 32 turnovers against Cascade.
The Cadets made a change in their zone after that, moving Brandyce Sallee to the point of their 1-3-1 zone defense, and that propelled the Cascade defense to 14 steals in the second half. The change also ignited Stein’s scoring output, as she put in 17 of her 26 points after halftime.
“We knew from the first time we played that the 1-3-1 zone gave (Covenant) a lot of trouble,” Helmick said. “Brandyce was able to use her size to get an advantage, and we got a lot of fast break points out of it.”
Cascade (14-7) will play host Speedway (14-8) in the championship game tonight. Cascade won 49-41 over the Sparkplugs at Cascade on Jan. 26th.
While Stein paced the win, Sallee had a solid night with 11 points and eight steals. No Warrior hit double figures, as Joseph had nine points and classmate Kylie Bright had eight points to pace Covenant Christian, which ended the year 8-14.