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Rylee Nudell: Closing in on History

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Talented. Smart. And modest.

"I like working as a team and winning is always fun so that's the best part about it," responds Maple Valley sophomore Rylee Nudell when asked about basketball.

I wanted Rylee to tell me how good at basketball she is. How at such a young age she's ready to claim the school record in scoring. But instead:

"I haven't really thought about it yet," she says as her cheeks turn red.

I asked if I was creeping her out. To which she smiled and laughed.

"You just have a lot to say and I don't really have anything to say," she responded.

Rylee just wanted to tell me about the team. But the facts are simple. As a sophomore Nudell is already in her fourth year of varsity basketball and as of today, has scored 1,718 points. Just 82 shy of the school record.

"It really shows on her work that she's put in in the past," girls' basketball coach Jeff Miller explained. "She didn't just go out and become a scorer. She's been working."

Breaking this record won't just cement Rylee's name in Raider history though. She's also claiming some big time bragging rights at home, as she takes the record from her mom.

"We tease her about it at home and now that it's getting closer we're very competitive," Rylee's mom Rhonda told me. "But records are meant to be broken and if someone's going to break it I'm glad it's going to be her."

With two more years of varsity ball ahead of her, Rylee won't just break it, she should destroy it.

But when I asked her about claiming these records:

"I try not to pay a lot of attention to it," she said. "I try and just play and go game by game."

Thankfully her coach had plenty of praise for her, and far bigger dreams for her.

"She knows she's got things to improve on and she's going to work on them," Miller said. "And if she does work as hard she she's done in the past she'll be playing college ball no problem."

And maybe she'll follow in mom's footsteps there as well, and head to Concordia.

But first, she shoots from 1800.

Valley News Live Sports Reporter Beth Hoole can be reached for comment or story ideas at bethh@valleynewslive.com. Or follow her on Twitter: @bethhooleVNL

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