Waubonsie Valley survived an important game against Upstate Eight Conference rival Lake Park, squeaking out a 52-50 win to knock off one of two UEC rivals who were unbeaten in conference play. The Warriors along with St. Charles North, who visited Larkin tonight (a score has yet to post anywhere), are currently the only unbeaten teams in the UEC.
The victory came in typical Waubonsie fashion with contributions from nearly everyone on the team. Center Rachel Bostick led the Warriors with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Danielle Brown scored 12. Junior forward Brittany Upshaw, listed at 5-foot-7-inches on the roster, took on the unenviable task of guarding 6-4, Michigan-bound junior Samantha Arnold, who led all scorers with 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Despite the size difference, Upshaw did a good job limiting the versatile Arnold, who has been averaging 22.3 points per game.
The win was not only significant for the Warriors' conference and sectional seeding hopes, but also for morale. Currently suffering through the loss of one of their best players (Jessica Morice is out with an achilles injury), the 19th ranked Warriors needed a morale booster after suffering a 43-23 loss to Hinsdale Central on Jan. 8.