Ponder used a three-headed scoring monster of seniors posts Josh Peterson and Clay Morgan, along with freshman guard Chase Harris to score a 51-47 win over Aransas Pass in the Class 2A state semifinal.
In fact, until the beginning of the fourth quarter when point guard Brady Anderson (eight assists) scored his only two points of the game, no one other than those three had scored. As it turned out, the trio combined for all but three of Ponder’s points.
Ponder head coach Jude Stanley, whose team will go for its fifth state championship in program history on Saturday afternoon against Tatum, said that will change in the state championship game.
“It makes it very difficult to defend when you have guys that can put the ball in the basket,” Stanley said. “If they’re gonna double- and triple-team Clay, which some try to do, then Josh will get a chance to score. Also Chase opens things up from the outside and that stretches the game out. I think tomorrow you’ll probably see some more guys put the ball in the basket. We had some nerves today. It doesn’t matter though, we just wanted the W.”
As for that 2A final against second-ranked Tatum, No. 4 Ponder will have its hands full with the Eagles’ up-tempo, full-court pressure, which is also known as “94 feet of hell.”
Follow the jump for a look at how the teams match up.