TOWER CITY, N.D. – Maple Valley senior Rylee Nudell stands alone on North Dakota's unofficial all-time high school girls basketball scoring list.
Nudell's quest to break one of the state's most prolific prep sports records came to an end Saturday at Maple Valley High School when she eclipsed 3,148 career points during the Raiders' 66-28 win over Hillsboro-Central Valley.
"It feels pretty great," Nudell said of the milestone. "Records are made to be broken, so if it gets broken, that's OK, but it feels pretty good right now."
Nudell, a North Dakota State signee, entered Saturday needing only 14 points to break the record previously held by Bowman's Tanya Fischer. The occasion drew a capacity crowd. Fans were given vinyl 45 records to break when Nudell passed Fischer.
The historic basket came with 1 minute, 19 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Nudell drove to the hoop and got a layup to fall.
Moments later vinyl snapped, fans cheered and Nudell was congratulated at center court by her family and teammates.
"I was pretty excited," Nudell said, describing her emotions after scoring the record-breaking basket. "I didn't really think too much about it right away. I didn't know what to think with all these people here. The adrenaline really got to me ... all the support of my family and all the people here it really got to me. I'm so thankful and blessed to have them all here."
Nudell finished the game with 38 points and now has 3,173 for her career, which started as a seventh-grader. She has started all 136 prep games she has appeared in.
The stars aligned for Nudell, who was able to stamp her place in history at Maple Valley High School, which serves Tower City, Buffalo, Oriska and Fingal.
"I'm happy she was able to do it at home," Raiders head coach Jeff Miller said. "We have great fans and we had a great crowd (Saturday). It was nice for her to break the record in front of them."
Nudell said she wasn't going to be greedy where the record would be broke, but admitted the fact that it was done at her home gym made it extra special.
Nudell's twin brother, Riggs, was sitting courtside and held a countdown with a large drawing pad.
Sheets of paper were being torn by Riggs early and often as Nudell got comfortable, scoring 15 of Maple Valley's 18 points in the first quarter.
"I was pretty sure it was going to happen (Saturday), so I thought to myself, 'If I just go out, relax and do my best that it will come pretty easy.' "
The Raiders improve to 12-3 with the win and will likely be one of the top contenders at next month's Region 1 tournament in Wahpeton.
"I do feel like to the pressure is off," Nudell said. "Now I feel like I can just play the game and finish the season out strong before I start at NDSU."
HCV 3 7 18 28
MV 18 34 62 66
HILLSBORO-CV: Wright 6, Eckart 9, Salander 1, Tronson 2, Anderson 2, Johnson 4, Spurgeon 2, Brekken 2.
MAPLE VALLEY: Nudell 38, Bakalar 2, Wendt 3, J. Pommerer 2, Von Bank 10, McGuire 6, Gebeke 2, L. Pommerer 3.
Below is North Dakota's unofficial list of the all-time leading scorers in high school girls basketball.
Rank Name School Years Points
1. Rylee Nudell Maple Valley 2010-16 3,173
2. Tanya Fischer Bowman 1989-93 3,148
3. Laura Hummel Hague 1974-79 2,809
4. Lynette Mund Milnor 1986-90 2,625
5. Fallon Freije Lakota-Edmore 2010-15 2,511
6. Rachel Otto New Rockford 1987-92 2,542
7. Whitney Meier Rolla 1981-85 2,496
8. Nadine Schmidt Braddock 1983-88 2,457
9. Deb Oldenberger Napoleon 1985-90 2,402
10. Lisa Herner Wilton 1980-85 2,333
Note: The unofficial Class A state scoring record is held by Durene Heisler of Devils Lake, who scored 2,120 points from 1980-85. Jeanette Fox of Four Winds-Mandan scored 2,061 points from 1983-88. No. 3 on the Class A scoring list is Fargo Shanley senior Sarah Jacobson, who has 2,047 points and counting.