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Basketball roundup: Ponder gets first district win in dominant fashion

PONDER — Ponder opened District 9-3A play with a lopsided 74-32 win against Sadler S&S Consolidated. The Lions defense allowed S&S to reach double digits in only the second quarter.

Blake Gibson and Tye Schluter led the charge for the Lions with 16 points each. Dean Akins added 11. 

Ponder is back in action at 5 p.m. Tuesday against Hillsboro.

Ponder 74, Sadler S&S Consolidated 32

S&S Consolidated  4 10 9 9 32
Ponder 28 19 20 7 74

S&S Consolidated — Sloan 15, Brown 8, Griffin 2, Howard 7

Ponder — Ryan Waldo 4, Sam Norwood 1, Gibson 16, Schluter 16, Sam Hutcherson 4, Brock Anderson 4, Cameron Clark 9, Akins 11, Quinton Fossett 9

Aubrey 59, Sanger 57

SANGER — Aubrey escaped a close game with the help of a 21-point fourth quarter.

Christian Porter had a huge game for the Chaps, leading the team with 16 points. Adrian Porter (12) and Max Scott (12) also were big contributors in the victory.

Sanger's Landon Ceballos put up a fight for the Indians with his team-high 21 points.

Aubrey will host McKinney Christian at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Sanger's next game will be in the NCTC Holiday Classic starting Thursday, Dec. 28.

Aubrey 59, Sanger 57

Aubrey 13 10 15 21 59
Sanger 17 12 9 19 57

Aubrey — Kaleb Wright 9, A. Porter 12, Hayden Smith 5, C. Porter 16, Cade McCutchen 3, Ethan Wooley 2, Scott 12

Sanger — Hank Lemons 7, Ceballos 21, Tre Peoples 8, Jordan Williams 9, Payten Vidourek 7, Trey Henderson 5

Girls

Ponder 86, Sadler S&S Consolidated 32

PONDER — Ponder was also able to breeze S&S, grabbing a commanding 47-21 lead at halftime and not looking back from there.

Kaia Williams racked up 16 points to guide the Lady Lions to victory. Kelley Akins wasn't far behind with 15 points of her own. Kylie Green (12), Jessica Simpson (12) and Leigh Medders (11) also had strong performances.

Next up for Ponder is the Whataburger Tournament starting Thursday, Dec. 28.

Ponder 86, Sadler S&S Consolidated 32

S&S Consolidated 12 9 8 3 32
Ponder 20 27 19 20 86

S&S Consolidated — Hicks 2, Jackson 6, Baker 9, Valenzuela 4, Billmeier 3, White 8

Ponder (14-6, 2-1) — Williams 16, Akins 15, Simpson 12, Macy Popplewell 8, Medders 11, Chloe Poole 6, Green 12, Harley Bridges 6