Just 14 days removed from playing in the Kansas Class 3A state football championship game, the Scott City Beavers’ boys basketball team could be forgiven if it had not found its legs for the start of the 2014-15 season.

But Glenn O’Neil, the veteran Beavers coach, doesn’t have much acceptance of his teams not being ready to play, no matter the circumstances.

So even when the Beavers closed out a perfect 3-for-3 performance in the Clarion Inn Southwest Classic with a dominating 59-33 win over Pueblo (Colo.) East on Saturday afternoon at The Garden, O’Neil was pleased with the spotless record.

And yet, he knows that for the Beavers to once again make a run at postseason honors (they’ve been 3A state champions in 2011-12-13 and 4A-Division II runner-up in 2014), things will have to get better.

And he expects them to improve.

“I don’t know if we’ve improved much over the three games, certainly we’ve lacked consistency,” O’Neil said. “Nothing jumps out as far as things we did really well. I thought we were solid, but we’ve got a lot of things to continue to work on.”

Not only have the Beavers had limited practice (O’Neil coaches the Scott City football team, too), but they are without 6-4 swingman Brett Meyer, who is out with a foot injury until after the first of the year.

“He’s gonna be a big lift when he gets back,” said 6-3 senior post Sloan Baker, who finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. “While he’s not back, our young guys are just gonna have to step up. They’ve got to get the nerves out. All of us go through that at one time, so I think they’re just gonna get better and better.”

Baker was one of three Beavers to score in double figures as Trey O’Neil, the coach’s son, led the way with 18 points after pouring in 30 and 28 in wins over Wichita Trinity and Kansas City Christian on Thursday and Friday.

The Beavers never trailed, starting with a 7-0 run and up 11-5 after one quarter. It was 26-15 at halftime and by the end of three quarters, they were up 18, 42-24.

Coach O’Neil said he was pleased with some of the role players scoring from the outside.

“It’s nice to see them knocking some down,” coach O’Neil said. “Defensively, we did a good job of keeping the ball in front of us tonight. We were a little better rebounding, too.”

The supporting help came from Chantz Yager, who was 4-of-6 shooting, including going 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point line. He finished with 11 points. Three others — Justin Faurot, Bo Hess and Dylan Hutchins — contributed five points apiece.

Baker said he and his teammates, many of whom played in that state football title game, are just getting the basketball legs in a little more than a week of practice.

“Coach told me he wanted me to be more aggressive and post up, and he wanted me to be more physical,” Baker said. “I wasn’t feeling too comfortable out there (3-of-9 field goals, 7-of-12 free throws), so there’s plenty of room to improve. I think the young guys learned a lot from this tournament, so we’ve just got to keep working to get better.”

The Beavers get four upcoming days of practice before they hit the court on Friday when they travel to Hugoton to open play in the Great West Activities Conference. It closes out a brief pre-holiday schedule for the Beavers.

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Scott City (3-0) — Yager 4-6 0-1 11, Faurot 1-4 3-4 5, Hess 1-2 3-4 5, Hutchins 2-5 0-0 5, O’Neil 6-13 3-4 18, Cure 0-1 0-0 0, Drake McRae 0-1 0-0 0, Baker 3-9 7-12 13, Draven McRae 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 18-42 16-26 59.

Pueblo East (3-4) — Whatley 5-7 1-2 11, Kahler 1-3 0-0 2, Padula 4-17 1-2 10, Fesmire 0-3 2-4 2, Tellez 0-3 1-2 1, Andrews 2-5 0-0 4, Plancarte 0-1 0-0 0, DeSalvo 1-2 0-0 3, Torres 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-43 5-10 33.

Scott City 11 15 16 17 — 59

Pueblo East 5 10 9 9 — 33

3-point goals—Scott City 7-15 (Yager 3-3, Faurot 0-3, Hutchins 1-3, O’Neil 3-6), Pueblo East 2-12 (Whatley 0-2, Padula 1-6, Tellez 0-1, Andrews 0-1, DeSalvo 1-1, Torres 0-1). Rebounds—Scott City 34 (Baker 10), Pueblo East 29 (Whatley, Padula, Fesmire 5 each). Turnovers—Scott City 8, Pueblo East 12. Fouls—Scott City 12, Pueblo East 22. Fouled out—none.

Girls

Pueblo East’s Kayla Albo scored 15 points as three Lady Eagles scored in double figures en route to a 60-26 victory over the Scott City Lady Beavers at the Clarion Inn Southwest Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Jailen Minich scored 12 and Salik Winston added 10 for Pueblo East. Freshman Baily Latta scored nine and Kiana Yager added eight for the Lady Beavers, who fell to 1-2.

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Scott City (26) — Latta 4 0-0 9, Wiebe 1 3-6 5, Yager 2 3-4 8, Winderlin 0 1-2 1, Goodman 0 1-3 1, Garcia 1 0-0 2. Totals 8 8-15 26.

Pueblo East (60) — O’Brien 0 0-0 0, Winston 4 2-2 10, Albo 5 0-0 15, Day 5 0-1 10, Padula 2 0-0 4, Minich 5 0-1 12, Simony 2 0-0 4, Harding 2 1-1 5. Totals 25 3-5 60.

Scott City 8 10 7 1 — 26

Pueblo East 24 20 12 4 — 60

3-point goals—Scott City 2 (Latta 1, Yager 1), Pueblo East 7 (Albo 5, Minich 2).