By TYLER HENRY
Lead Sportswriter - Salina Post
Following a sweep of Chapman on Friday, the Southeast of Saline basketball teams will open a jam-packed week on Tuesday, when they travel to Beloit for round two of this year’s Trojan War.
Girls Game: SE of Saline (10-4, 4-1) at Beloit (12-4, 6-1)
Southeast will enter this contest looking to make up some ground on Beloit in the league, and to avenge a 46-36 loss at home back in December.
“We’ve gotten better about moving the ball around and using the clock to our advantage to get good shots,” SES head coach Shauna Smith said. “When you watch the film they’ve improved a lot as well.”
To split this year’s Trojan War on the girl’s side, Southeast will have to rise to the challenge presented by Beloit on the inside, where the Trojans in orange have given opponents fits this season.
“Beloit has a lot of size,” Smith said. “They start three kids who are 5-10 or bigger and they play over the top of you so we have to limit second-chance points and control what we can control.”
Tip-off for the first game of this doubleheader is scheduled for 6:00 at Beloit High School.
Boys Game: SE of Saline (7-7, 1-4) at #1 Beloit (15-1, 7-0)
The boy’s team will have their hands full as well, as the Trojans travel to take on the top-ranked team in Class 3A without so much as a league loss on their resume.
Southeast played well the first time these two met back in December, falling in a 44-40 battle and giving Beloit all they could handle.
“That was probably one of the better games we’ve played this year on the defensive end,” SES head coach Bryson Flax said. “We were tough, we were physical, but we really struggled to score. Since then we’ve shown flashes of that defensive effort and we’ve shown the ability to score at a better rate but we haven’t done it consistently. We’re trying to find that consistency and over the last two games we’ve been as close as we have all year.”
Just like in their first meeting, Southeast will need to have an answer for the dynamic duo of Bryce Beisner and Quinn Eilert, who have torched opposing defenses all season long.
The boys’ game will follow the girl’s at approximately 7:30 tonight.
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