Cascade went on a 20-5 run to end the game and had three players finish in double digits. Brittany Sallee scored 15 and the combination of Stein and Gaddis each tallied 18 a piece.
The Cadets have now won four straight and picked up some momentum heading down the stretch into tournament play.
“We licked some wounds along the way, we are starting to play better and find some things we do well,” Helmick said. “We just have to build on that.”
With Greencastle at 2-2 in the WCC and Cascade playing its final conference game with a 2-2 record, the Cadets needed a win. While the 56-47 victory makes it seem like the contest was close, the Cadets dominated with good defense.
“Our defense was pretty good. We held them to 16 points in the first half,” Cascade coach Chris Dubois said. “Our offense was not liked I’d wanted it to be but a lot of that was because of Greencastle. They switched their man defense and that caused us some problems.”
The key to Cascade’s success over Greencastle was rebounding and second chance points.
“A lot of that is Daljot (Bajwa),” Dubois said. “He did a great job inside on the glass. He carried us in that first half. One of our keys tonight was to own the paint. We thought we could own the paint and Daljot was the anchor for that.”
Bajwa finished with a double-double, scoring 23 points and pulling down 14 rebounds.
Cascade’s Hayden Suter found his grove in the second half, putting up 15 of his 18 points in the final two periods. Suter went 3 of 4 from behind the arc, including one that made his coach take notice.
“I don’t think he called the bank on that one, but we’ll take it,” Dubois said with a laugh. “Once he gets going, our whole team gets going. That’s something we didn’t have in the first half.”