By TYLER HENRY
Lead Sportswriter - Salina Post
After sweeping Republic County and Minneapolis to close out the week, the Southeast of Saline basketball teams will open another back-to-back tonight when they travel to Ellinwood.
Girls Game: SE of Saline (12-5) at Ellinwood (4-13)
On the girl’s side, Southeast will face a Lady Eagle squad still looking to put the pieces together after graduating a great deal of talent this offseason.
The Lady Trojans won this game convincingly a season ago, handing Ellinwood a 66-30 loss in Gypsum.
“Not knowing their personnel is a challenge,” SES head coach Shauna Smith said. “But they are young and fearless. They’re still learning a new system with a new coach.”
Meanwhile, Southeast of Saline is 8-3 in the new year and will look to maintain its impressive form going into sub-state less than two weeks from now.
“We have to keep composed and continue scoring without droughts for four full quarters,” Smith said.
Boys Game: SE of Saline (9-8) at Ellinwood (10-7)
The boy’s game will also see a pair of teams rebuilding from the departure of impressive senior classes as the Trojans travel west to battle the Eagles.
“They’re patient offensively and comfortable playing in lower-scoring games,” SES head coach Bryson Flax said. “We can’t fall asleep guarding the same actions over and over.”
As Southeast locks in for what could be a grind-it-out type affair, the Trojans will also need to assert their will on the pacing tonight to speed Ellinwood out of their comfort zone.
“We need to control the tempo some and see if we can get opportunities in transition,” Flax said. “I’d also like to see us continuing to assist on made buckets.”
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