Warriors Win Back and Forth Game to Claim Conference Crown

Sophomore Danyella Mporokoso drives the lane in the final seconds against Neuqua Valley on Thursday night. (photo credit / Rommel Bon)

AURORA – It was a back and forth type of game against second-place Neuqua Valley on Thursday night, but the girls basketball prevailed, 62-60, on a running jumper by sophomore Danyella Mporokoso with four seconds left in the game. The win gave Waubonsie Valley their first conference title since 2012.

Neuqua Valley took the lead late, but a Maya Pereda three-pointer gave the Warriors a 60-58 lead. After the Wildcats tied it at 60, the Warriors gave the ball to Mporokoso, who worked through all five Neuqua defenders in the lane for the game-winning basket. A long Neuqua three-point attempt failed as the clock expired.

The Warriors were down one after the first quarter, but took a 31-23 lead at the half. Neuqua responded to tie the game at 46 after three quarters.

Mporokoso finished with 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting, with five three-pointers. Hannah Laub and Pereda finished with 10 points each.

The Warriors improve to 26-2 and 9-0 in the DVC. They also extended their winning streak to seven games. This year’s team is now the third winningest in the program’s history, tying the 2007-2008 (26-3) and 2009-20010 (26-3) teams.

Waubonsie Valley girls basketball won their first conference title since 2012. (photo credit / Rommel Bon)