Western Nebraska commit, Ky Buell reflects on her historic basketball career at East High School

Published: Jul. 26, 2020 at 10:45 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Former Cheyenne East girls basketball player, Ky Buell’s basketball journey stated at a young age. It all started with her parents playing basketball at Montana Western and coaching high school basketball.

“I just walked into it. I loved sports my whole life, I’ve been super competitive and I think basketball is probably the most competitive for me,” Buell said.

Since she was young, Buell often played basketball with the boys. She didn’t start playing with girls until she was in eight grade. Buell went to Rock Springs her first two years, playing on their girls varsity team. Her family then moved to Cheyenne where she would finish her career at Cheyenne East High School.

Ky Buell makes a three pointer at East HS.
Ky Buell makes a three pointer at East HS.(KGWN)

"That was always a big goal of mine, it was always something that was pushing me just to work my butt off so I could get a scholarship, get my school paid for just to play as I grew up."

She made an immediate impact at East, leading the T-Birds to their most wins in a season in program history, a regional championship, and state-runner up in the 4A state basketball tournament.

"I've worked so hard and done my best to be the best teammate I could be, be the best player I could."

During her senior campaign, Buell picked up where she left off, setting more records including the all-time three pointers made in a career in Wyoming high school girls basketball history. In program history she holds the following records: most assist in a season, most points scored in a game, the three-pointer made in a game/season, and free throws in a game. She earned the award Miss Basketball in Wyoming, which labeled her as the best girls basketball player in the state.

Buell has decided to play at Western Nebraska Community College next season, where she will re-united with her high school teammate in Madison Blaney.

Ky Buell, left, and Madison Blaney, right, in practice at East High School.
Ky Buell, left, and Madison Blaney, right, in practice at East High School.(KGWN)

“We loved playing with each other, we had a connection playing with each other so I think we both were really excited to hear that we had the possibility to play with each other again,” Blaney said.

Buell mentioned she wanted to go somewhere that her playing style felt was valued. She plans on studying Chiropractic at Western Nebraska CC.

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