Enumclaw 58, Rogers 57: Kaden Anderson, the 6-foot-7 senior forward, scored a game-high 29 points and the Hornets survived for a come-from-behind victory.
And now Enumclaw (17-5) is one win away from returning to the 4A state tournament.
“We trailed most of the game,” Enumclaw coach Terry Johnson said.
But it was in the last minute of play that the Hornets took a lead on Anderson’s bucket.
Rogers had a last-second shot that rimmed out as time expired.
“We gotta put this one behind us,” Johnson said. “We were fortunate tonight and we know that.”
Neither team is out but Rogers will now have to battle through the consolation bracket to keep alive. James Baker led the Rams with 23 points and Jace Barrett scored 16.
“I was really, really proud of how the kids played on the road against a really good team,” Rogers coach Rico Ancheta said. “We gave ourselves a shot to win down the stretch. That’s all that you can ask for in a game like that.”
The Hornets will play Kentwood, the defending 4A state champions, at 6 p.m. Friday at Mt. Tahoma in a winner-to-state game.
Rogers will play Olympia at 6 p.m. Friday at Wilson in a loser-out game.