This list was created by John Tate (retired teacher/basketball coach) for wyoming-basketball.com and is based on statistics, individual awards, and team accomplishments. Each player was the key cog in her team’s success. There is no individual number ranking. Players are grouped by teams and listed alphabetically in each team. The 1st and 2nd teams are basically interchangeable. You could make an argument for any one of them to be top 5. Each one was dominant. The third team is loaded as well. For that matter, every player listed was a great player in her own right. That’s why she’s in the Top 25. There are undoubtedly some players who have been left off the list that you may feel strongly belong there, and maybe they do; however, this list is strictly one person’s opinion. It was not easy making the final cuts. Create your own list. Who’s in your all-time Top 25? Regardless, I hope you enjoy learning about some of the best to ever play basketball in the state of Wyoming.

NOTE: All individual numbers are career totals unless stated otherwise. All-time ranking in top five in individual categories is specifically listed. Most statistics are from wyoming-basketball.com, but other statistics are from newspapers and coaches. College and professional careers are listed to show greater perspective on talent, but the emphasis is on the individual’s high school career through the all-star games. Award recognition other than all-state (see wyoming-basketball.com) has been gathered from sports articles in newspapers and from sports websites. Gatorade POY started in 1985. Miss Wyoming Basketball started in 1997. Max Preps award started in 2006. South Dakota All-Star Series began in 1993 and the Montana All-Star Series began in 1997. Years are listed using the end of the state tournament for that year even though the actual season started in November of the previous year. For example: ’21 rather than ’20-’21. The three-point shot did not come into being until 1986.

FIRST TEAM ALL-TIME:

Allyson Fertig (Douglas, ’18-‘21), 6’4: 4x all state; points (1854); #1 in FGM (830); #4 in rebounds (1198), #3 in blocks (452); averaged 22.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks/game her senior season; 3x state champion (denied the chance for a fourth title due to Covid canceling the state tourney); team was 101-2 over four seasons (two losses were to non-Wyoming teams); 3A Player of the Year (’21); Miss Wyoming Basketball; (’21); 2x Gatorade Player of the Year (’20,’21); Max Preps Player of the Year (’21); led South to victory with 25 points in WCF All Star game; played in Montana and South Dakota All Star Series; playing for U. of Wyoming this season.

Kaylee Johnson (Natrona, ’11-‘14), 6’3: 3x all state; 1x state champion; 1x state runner up; 1x state fifth; teams were 90-17; points (1663); #2 in rebounds (1397); only player with four 300+ rebound seasons; #1 in blocks (505); four seasons with 90+ blocks including two with 150+; assists (307); FTM (383); FGM (638); led Class 4A in scoring (16.7) rebounds (14.3), assists (5.1), and blocked shots (4.3) her senior year; averaged 21.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 6.2 blocks/game her junior season; only 3x Gatorade Player of the Year (’12,’13.’14); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’14); played in Montana-Wyoming All Star Series helping WY earn a split; excellent career at Stanford.

Jordan Kelley (Campbell County, ’08-‘11), 5’9: 3x all state; 2x state champion; 1x state third place; teams were 66-19 last three years; #5 in points (1915); #1 in points for a season (713, ‘10) & #5 (647, ‘11); averaged 22.3 points/game in ’10 & 26.4 points/game in ’11; had 5 games with 34+ points; #5 in FGM (654); steals (325); #4 in assists (408); a player who knew how to get to the free throw line she is #2 in FTM (548); career FT% (77.1); FTM (247) in a season; made 19 FTs in a single game on 19-20 shooting; 2x 4A Player of the Year (’10-’11); 2x Gatorade Player of the Year (’10,’11); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’11); McDonald’s All-American (’11); Parade Top 40 All-American (’11); selected for Montana-Wyoming All Star Series but couldn’t play due to shoulder surgery; played at Washington State & Wyoming (knee injury in senior year).

Kristen Newlin (Riverton, ’00-‘03), 6’5: 3x all state; 2x state third place; a terrific all-around athlete & considered by many to be the best ‘big’ in Wyoming history; had to overcome a torn ACL the summer before her senior year; #3 in points (2007); #3 in rebounds (1205); #5 in career blocks (380); averaged 25.8 points and 13.3 rebounds in ’02 season; Street & Smith’s Honorable Mention All-American (’02); McDonald’s All-American finalist (top 100); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’03); 2x Gatorade Player of the Year (’02,‘03); Milward Simpson Winner (’03); in record-setting performance she scored 100 points in four-game sweep of MT & SD in the All-Star series; had over 70 Division I scholarship offers, chose Stanford, and played very well for four years; drafted by WNBA Houston Comets; played in Turkey pro league (five championships) & for the Turkish national team.

Tahnee Robinson (Lander Valley, ’03-‘06), 5’9: 4x all state; 1x state champion; 2x state third place; teams were 90-19; #1 in points (2303); scored 40, 41, and 44 (twice) points in single games; averaged 21.7 points/game for four-year career; #3 in FTM (539); #4 in FGM (673); assists (322); Gatorade Player of the Year (’06); Milward Simpson Winner (’06); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’06); McDonald’s All-American (’06); scored 48 points to lead Wyoming two-game sweep of Montana; great career at Sheridan College (1st team All-American; led nation w/29.8 pts./game) and Nevada-Reno (twice All-WAC 1st team and took team to first win ever in NCAA tournament); first WNBA Native American draftee (Phoenix Mercury; traded to Connecticut Sun); played pro ball overseas four years; Sullivan Award finalist (top 5 for best amateur athlete in the country).

SECOND TEAM ALL-TIME:

McKinley Bradshaw (Lyman, ’16-‘19), 5’11: 4x all state; 1x state runner up; 1x state third place; 2x state fifth place; teams were 92-18; “Miss Stat Sheet Filler” was #2 in points (2098); #2 in steals (538); #5 in rebounds (1132); #3 in FGM (734); #4 in FTM (504); blocks (169); assists (317); “Miss Consistency” averaged 17.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.3 steals, and 3.4 assists/game in ’19 (led all classes in steals); averaged 23.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.7 steals, and 3.2 assists in ‘18(led all classes in scoring and steals); averaged 23.2 points/game,13.7 rebounds, 5.2 steals, and 2.8 assists in ‘17 (led all classes in scoring, rebounding, & steals); high game of 42 points (’19); 2x Star-Tribune Player of the Year (’17,’18); 3x USA Today All-Wyoming Team (’17,’18,’19); Gatorade Player of the Year (’18); Milward Simpson Winner (’19); didn’t play in Montana or SD All-Star series; playing for U of Wyoming basketball (led team in scoring as a sophomore; career high of 27 pts.).

Ky Buell (Rock Springs,’17-’18/ East,’19-’20), 5’7: 4x all state; 1x state runner up; #4 in points (1978); #1 in 3PTFG (284); two games w/40+ points; steals (368); assists (379); FTM (420); led Class 4A in scoring average in freshman (15.6) and sophomore years (20.1) at Rock Springs; ranked in top 10 in state for assists and steals in all four seasons at Rock Springs and Cheyenne East; led East to 27-3 record as a junior (best in program history) and 22-3 record as a senior (East didn’t get to play in state tournament as it was cancelled due to Covid-19); averaged 22.5 points/game for senior season; Max Preps Player of  the Year (’20); 4x USA Today All-Wyoming Team (’17,’18,’19,’20); 4A Player of the Year (’20); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’20); didn’t play in MT or SD All-Star Series; played for Western Nebraska Community College (helped lead team to NJCAA Division I Elite 8 (’21), transferred to Western Colorado (current).

Ronda Munger (Wheatland, ’81-‘84), 5’8: 3x all state; 1x state champion; 1x state runner up; teams were 50-15 her last three years; points (1798); rebounds (839); steals (345); FTM (336); a tremendous three-sport athlete #42 was a prolific scorer who is tied for most points in a game (56); five games with 38+ points; nine games with 14+ FGM; averaged 28.4 pts/g (#3 all-time) in ’83 & 29.7 pts./g in ’84 (#2 all-time); (would have undoubtedly averaged over 30 pts./game in both ’83 & ‘84, if she would have had the 3PT shot available); had 12.0 rebounds/game and five steals/game in ’83 and 9.8 rebounds/game in ’84; 2x 3A Player of the Year (’83,‘84); Star-Tribune Top 20 (1st team, ’83 & ‘84); Milward Simpson winner (’84); Converse All-American (’84); chose volleyball over basketball at Wyoming (set a number of school records); inducted into U of Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame (1997) for volleyball career; summer after high school she was ranked 7th in the nation in the heptathlon in track & field & set state records that lasted into the 21st century.

Robbi Ryan (Sheridan, ’13-‘16), 5’9: 4x all state; 3x state third place; averaged a state high 21.8 points/game as a senior; points (1565); steals (294); assists (289); FTM (318); scored school record 50 points in game versus Campbell County (defending state champs); 2x Gatorade Player of the Year (’15-’16); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’16); Star-Tribune Girls Basketball Player of the Year (’16); 4A Player of the Year (’16); Milward Simpson Winner (’16); twice invited to U17 Olympic trials for women’s basketball; played in Chicago Nike National Invitational Tournament; starred at Arizona State (All Pac-12, All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, PAC-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention, scored over 1000 points).

Liz Walter (Sheridan, ’82-‘85) 6’0: 3x all state; 2x state champion; 1x state runner up (lost by two to undefeated Riverton); 1x third place; points (1488); led 4A in scoring (24.9/g) and rebounding (13.1/g) in ‘84; 302 rebounds (’84); averaged 20.7 pts./g and 11.2 rebounds/g (’85); single game highs of 38 points and 26 rebounds; 4A Co-Player of the Year (’84); 4A Player of the Year (’85); Star-Tribune Top 20 (2nd team,’84, 1st team,’85); Star-Tribune Dream Team (1st team,’85); Top 100 Converse All-America Team (’85); MVP of North-South WCA game (22 points); outstanding career at Dartmouth [team captain at age 19; Rookie of the Year in the Ivy League & 1st team All-Ivy,’86; MVP of the Ivy League & 2x Player of the Year,’87 &’88, Regional Kodak All-American,’88; 1286 points (16.9/game) in 76 games].

THIRD TEAM ALL-TIME:

Shelby Hoffman (Campbell County, ’95-‘97), 5’9: 2x all state; 3x state champion; three-year starter whose teams were 69-4; MVP player on the highest scoring team in Wyoming girls’ basketball history at 88.9 pts./game (’97); averaged19 pts./g senior year; points (1174); FTM (176); 3PTFGM (169); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’97); Gatorade Player of the Year (’97); USA Today Player of the Year (’97); scored 32 points to lead WYsweep of MT in All Star Series as well as 40 points in split with SD; MVP of BCI All-American national tournament (’96); all-tournament team at Pickerington, Ohio Holiday Tournament (’96); solid University of Wyoming career (1008 points).

Tonya Jorgenson (Douglas, ’82-‘85), 5’8: 3x all state; points (1300+); steals (292); FGM (626 on 52%); 3x state champion & 1x state runner up; teams were 77-9; Star Tribune Top 20 (2nd team ’83 & 1st team ‘84); Star-Tribune Dream Team (1st team, ’85); scored 42 points in one game; averaged 19.9 /g (’84) & 22.0(’85); 3A Player of the Year (’85); Top 100 Converse All-America Team (honorable mention,‘85); Street & Smith’s All-American (honorable mention, ’84 & 5th team,’85); played at University of Missouri and had solid career.

Molly Marso (Campbell County, ’95-‘98), 5’7: 4x all state; points (928); FTM (213); #2 in assists (558); steals (396); 4x state champion (key floor leader who is the only player in the Top 25 to win four state championships); teams were 90-7 (6 of 7 losses were to non-WY teams); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’98); Gatorade Player of the Year (’98); Street & Smith’s Pre-Season All-American (’96 &’97); named to BCI All-American national tournament team (’96); scored 48 points in SD-WY series, including 32 points in overtime loss to South Dakota (’98); scored 35 points in All Star split with MT; U of Wyoming point guard (career ended with knee injury her sophomore year).

Christa Reese (Upton, ’82-‘85), 6’4: 3x all state; 1x state runner up; 1x state third place; points (1813); an imposing rebounder & shot blocker who is #1 in rebounds (1439); three rebound seasons in top 15 of all time, including #1(425) and #4(394); 16 games with 23+ rebounds; #2 in blocks (504); four seasons with 108+ blocks; 11 games with 10+ blocks; offensively, she raised her game each year; #2 in FGM (768); #1(tied) for most points in a game (56); averaged 30.4 pts/game in ’85 (#1 all-time) & 18.7 rebounds/game in ’84 (#1 all-time); scored 93 points in three games at ’85 state tournament; 2A Player of the Year (’85); Star-Tribune Dream Team (2nd team-’85); Top 100 Converse All America Team (Honorable Mention,’85); played at Wyoming.

Kelsey Wicks (Campbell County, ’98-’01), 6’2; 2x all-state; 1x state champion; 2x state runner up (scored 41 points in title game loss jr. year); scored 34 points in a single game as well; teams were 66-14 over three years; averaged 20.7 points and 8.1 rebounds/game in senior year; 1360 points; 121 3PTM in career; 61 3PTM in one season (’01); 608 points in a season; 218 FGM in a season; 474 FGM in a career; (’01); FT% (78.3); 14 FTM in single game; 550 career rebounds; Gatorade Player of the Year (’01); Milward Simpson Award Winner (’01); Wendy’s Heisman Award winner (’01); USA Today Player of the Year (’01); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’01); scored 36 points & had 21 rebounds in two games vs. MT; had 28 points in two games vs. SD in All Star Series; played for Notre Dame into middle of sophomore year.

FOURTH TEAM ALL-TIME:

Janis Beal (Lovell, ’98-‘01), 5’7: 3x all state; 1x state champion; teams were 54-16 last three years; points (1888); single game high (36 points); 1A-2A Player of the Year (’01); scored 19 points in win over South Dakota All Stars; played in Montana-Wyoming All Star Series; outstanding Northwest College career (school’s all-time leading scorer; Wyoming Community College Player of the Year,’03; Region IX team twice,’02-’03; NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention,’03, Kodak All-American Honorable Mention,’03); played at Southern Utah (All-Conference).

Hillary Carlson (Central, ’04-‘07), 6’3: 3x all state; 1x state champion; 1x state runner up; teams were 80-25 over four years; senior year averaged 16.0 pts./g and 10.1 rebounds/game; Gatorade Player of the Year (’07); Milward Simpson Winner (’07); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’07); scored 40 points to lead Wyoming to series sweep of Montana (’07); excellent U of Wyoming basketball career (three-time All-Mountain West selection).

Karla Reints (Campbell County, ’88-‘91), 5’11: 3x all state; 1x state champion (23-0); 1x state runner up; teams were 42-5 her junior and senior years; points (1203); averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds/g during junior season; 227 FTM; 200 career steals; a strong rebounder with 754 career rebounds whose 298 & 268 rebounds in senior and junior seasons rank #1 & #2 in school history; had six games with 17-20 rebounds; FTM (227); 2x Gatorade Player of the Year (’90,’91); NHSA Coaches’ Association All-American (honorable mention,’91); had 14 points and 12 rebounds for North in win over South in WCA Game (’91); played at North Dakota & Eastern Montana (now MSU-Billings).

Kristen Scheffler (Lovell, ’05-‘08), 5’11: 3x all state; 2x state runner up; teams were 77-25; points (1591); a three-year starter, this silky, smooth ball handler with a deadly outside shot had 20+ points 13 times her senior year including 35 and 38 points; led Class 3A (Lovell moved up a class) in senior season in scoring average/game (21.0), 3PT% (49.3), steals (3.7), and blocks (1.9); #3 all-time in 3PTFG (235) with the #2, #7(tied), and #16(tied) single best seasons; blocks (142); steals (345); 2x Gatorade Player of the Year (’07,’08); Milward Simpson Winner (’08); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’08); scored 26 points in Montana-Wyoming All-Star Series; did not play versus SD All Stars; solid U of Wyoming career cut short junior year due to back injury; All-Mountain West (honorable mention, ’09).

Kayla Woodward (Sheridan, ’08-‘11), 5’11: 3x all state; 1x state champion; 1x state runner up; points (1652); rebounds (677); blocks (173); steals (254); FTM (318); averaged 20 points/game and six rebounds/game her senior season and 19.1 points/game with 8.3 rebounds/game her junior year; Co-Conference Player of the Year (’11); Sheridan County Player of the Year (’11); Milward Simpson Winner (’11); scored 31 points to help lead Wyoming sweep of South Dakota all-stars; also played in MT-WY All Star Series and North-South game; excellent college career at Wyoming (All -Mountain West four years & WBCA Coaches’ All-America Team, honorable mention).

FIFTH TEAM ALL-TIME:

Alysia Kraft (Encampment, ’02-’05), 5’6: 4x all state; points (1821); 2x state champion; teams were 60-16 her last three years; averaged 21+ points/game for four years; a dominating floor general she had 77 points in ’04 state tournament, including 31 points, seven rebounds, and three steals in title game; had 14 points, six rebounds, & five assists in second title win; selected for MT-WY & SD-WY All Star Series, but didn’t participate; played one year at Wyoming.

Michelle Lieber (Campbell County, ’01-’03), 6’0: 3x all-state; 3x state champion (tournament MVP all three years); scored 27 points on 13-14 shooting in state title game her senior year; also scored 27 points in state title game win her junior year; teams were 69-11; points (1050); career rebounds (672); FTM (182); averaged over 60% FGM all three years on varsity; played for Wyoming (one year) & MSU-Billings (2x Heartland Conference Player of the Year, Division II Bulletin All-American honorable mention).

Shelley Marlyst (Riverton, ’81-‘84); 5’10: 2x all state; 2x state champion (teams were 46-1); scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds in championship game to lead team to 4A state title and undefeated season (24-0); 4A Co-Player of the Year (’84); 1st team Casper Star-Tribune Top 20(’83 & ’84); Milward Simpson Winner (’84); Converse All-American (’84); chose volleyball over basketball and starred in volleyball at UW.

Lisa Nicholls (Sheridan, ’84-’87), 6’1: 3x all state; 2x state champion; 2x state runner up; teams were 74-12; averaged 16 points and 14.6 rebounds her senior season and 18 points with 12.7 rebounds as a junior; rebounds (869); blocks (127); 4A Player of the Year (’87); invited to Blue Star Basketball Camp in Pepperdine, CA (’86); picked for first Wyoming team to compete in Basketball Congress International tournament (45 teams) in Scottsdale, Arizona (Wyoming finished 3rd & she made the all-tournament team, ‘87); Converse All-American (’87); played at Gonzaga University (center, ’87-’91; school record holder for FT%); played one year professionally in Portugal.

Diana SoundingSides (Wyoming Indian, ’03-‘06), 5’7: 2x all state; 2x state champion; teams were 68-9 her last three years; points (1624); #4 in 3PTFGM (228); #1 for 3PTM in a game (14) on 14 for 16 shooting; scored 55 points in single game (featured in ‘Faces in the Crowd’ in Sports Illustrated, ‘04); FGM (623); played for United Tribes Technical College and Big Horn College.

HONORABLE MENTION

Mary Brown (Thermopolis, ‘01-’04), 5’10: 4x all state; 2x state champion; 2x state runner up; teams were 87-12; played in Montana-Wyoming All Star series; played at U. of Wyoming.

Jamie Carter (Rock Springs, ’79-’81), 3x all-state; 3x state champion; teams were 70-8; Star-Tribune POY (’81); Converse All-American (’81); played for Western Wyoming CC (Region IX All-Tournament)

Jaime Crawford (Greybull, ’86-’89), 5’10: 4x all state; 2x state champion (23-0 in ’89); 1x state third place; 1x state fifth place; teams were 76-10 over four years; Gatorade Player of the Year (’89); Milward Simpson Winner (’89); played at Wyoming

Carolyn DeHoff (Cheyenne East, ’84-’86), 5’9: 2x all-state; 1x state third place; averaged 20.6 point/game, 8.5rebounds, 5.1 steals, and 4.5 assists in senior season; first Gatorade Player of the Year (’85-’86); Street & Smith All-American (’86); selected to Blue Star West Team to tour Asia (’86); recruited by 62 colleges & choseArizona State (team captain all four years, selected for PAC-10 Conference All-Star Basketball Touring Team).

Rylee Hladky (Campbell County, ’17-’19), 5’9: 3x all state; 1x state champion; 1x state runner up; 1x state third place; teams were 64-17; points (1283); career FTM (194); career FT% (79.5); career assists (205); career steals (314); Gatorade Player of the Year (’19)

Deb Jacobson (Evanston, ’85-’88), : 4x all-state; 2x state third place; USA Today Wyoming POY (’87, ’88); Converse All-American (’88); Naismith Wyoming POY (’88); 4A POY (’88); played for University of Colorado (two-year captain; helped win two Big 8 championships)

Leisha Lee (Rock Springs, ’78-’80): 2x all-state; 2x state champion (24-0,’80); averaged 19.9 points/game in senior year; Star-Tribune Player of the Year (’80); played for Utah (MVP of four-time conference champs)

Fallon Lewis (Wright, ‘07/Tongue River, ’08-’10), 5’10: 3x all-state; 1x state champion; 1x state runner up; 1x state 5th place; scored 24 points & had 16 rebounds in state title win over undefeated Big Horn (’10); averaged 16.7 points/game as a senior; finished career as all-time leader in school history for scoring and steals, and third in assists in just three years; played for Sheridan College (Honorable Mention All-American) & Wyoming (MW All-Conference Honorable Mention); played pro for eight months in Spain.

Megan McGuffey (East, ’02-‘05), 5’11: 3x all state; points(1501); 2x state runner up; teams were 57-12 last three years; 3PTFG(130); Gatorade Player of the Year (’05); Miss Wyoming Basketball (’05); scored 35 points in Montana-Wyoming Series; Milward Simpson Winner (’05); U of Wyoming basketball career (scored 1030 points); All Mountain West (third team).

Mila Rogers (Sheridan, ’79-’82), 5’11: 2x all state; played at U. of Utah, ’83-’86; alternate on U.S. Olympic team, ’84 and ’88.

Betsy Snead (Campbell County, ’01-’04), 6’2: 1x all-state; 3x state champion (teams were 68-10); 402 career rebounds; 46 career blocks; Miss Wyoming Basketball (’04); scored 40 points to lead Wyoming to win over South Dakota in All Star Series after scoring 25 in the other game; led team with 43 points in MT series.

10 Comments

  1. A well thought out list… very difficult to compare players small v. big schools. Owens and some of the NC girls, Jenny Walter At CC, Zehr and Cannon sisters at GR, Ballekat Sheridan, a couple of Coach Moser’s TR girls….however, it’s obvious you DID put a great deal of effort and thought into this. Thank you for recognizing the efforts of these athletes.

    Ross Hall
    1. Thank you, Ross. Your opinion means a lot. Your teams were terrific. Certainly, there are other players who could be in the Top 25, but slipped through the cracks. This isn’t a perfect list. Some players were on more-balanced teams which watered down their stats or some schools have had very limited stats or no stats available to this web site, so you can miss a player.

      John Tate
  2. Not sure Linda Jackson or Traci Barham from Glenrock is not on this list. Linda was all conference all state all four years of high school and made the North versus South team in Laramie. Also Traci was all conference and Allstate all 4 years as well. Linda played with many listed on your team as well as Traci.

    Traci

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