SPOKANE, Wash. - Rogers High School sent their boys basketball team off in grand fashion Tuesday. The team is headed to the 3A State Tournament for the first time in more than a quarter of a century.
The Pirates qualified for the tournament by beating Shadle in the regional finals, forcing the Highlanders to qualify from the losers bracket. Rogers' Jesse Vaughn, the leading scorer in the GSL, dropped 19 on the Highlanders.
WSU-bound Anthony Brown scored 25 in Shadle's losing effort.
The Pirates overcame a 17-point deficit at the end of the third quarter, blowing the doors off in the fourth by outscoring the Highlanders 20-7.
Rogers, which hasn't been to the state tournament since 1975, will play Columbia River in Tacoma in the first round. Columbia River is ranked as high as No. 7 in some polls. Tipoff is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome.
Shadle eventually qualified for the state tournament by beating West Valley (Yakima), and now has the tough row to hoe in the first round. The Highlanders drew top-ranked Franklin. The two teams tip off in the opener - Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Both Shadle and Franklin are teams that dropped down in classification this year. Franklin placed 5th in the 4A tournament in 2008. The Highlanders went 1-2 last year in the tournament, but were ranked as high as 3rd in 3A this year.