Roxanna Gaddis stepped up for the Cadets, scoring Cascade’s first basket in the quarter at the 5:04 mark. Gaddis’ 3-pointer closed the gap to within one and that started her on a roll.
Gaddis went on to score the Cadets’ next 10 points of the fourth.
“(Gaddis) had some huge shots,” Helmick said. “She took car of the ball really well and played well tonight.”
Only Sydney Stein added any other points in the quarter, but they were huge.
Trailing 59-58 with 14.5 seconds remaining, Stein knocked down two free throws and Cascade led 60-59, but that’s where the Cadets’ scoring and season ended.
“Sydney has really turned it on the last few weeks,” Helmick said. “The work she has had in the last few weeks may have been the difference here in the sectional that she was able to finish a lot of shots and show what she is capable of next year.”
Gaddis led Cascade with 25 points and Stein tallied 18 while collecting nine rebounds. Brandyce Sallee was chased, harassed and tugged on all evening by the Speedway defense and finished with seven. Audra Smallwood recorded eight points and Smith finished with two.
“They never quit,” Helmick said of the effort. “We ran man, some box, some 1-3-1 and a crazy 1-3-1 box. It says a lot about the girls and their efforts. They did what they needed to do and they played hard.”
The Cadets lose Sallee and fellow senior Katy Copsey and Helmick said both players would certainly be missed next season.