<strong>By Kerri Kosten, The Dominion Post<\/strong>\r\n\r\nW. Va. \u2014 Keyira Golden was pretty young when she started playing basketball.\r\nShe remembers watching a relative play and wanted to be like her.\r\n\u201cMy oldest cousin, Alicia, played basketball,\u201d Golden said. \u201cShe was and has always been someone that I really looked up to.\u201d\r\nA Morgantown native, Golden is a 2017 graduate of Morgantown High School.\r\nShe just finished her freshman year at Bethany College, where she continues to play basketball.\r\nShe played in 17 games, scoring 1.1 points and grabbing 1.1 rebounds per contest. She shot a perfect 100 percent from 3, and 47.4 percent from the field.\r\nGolden said playing basketball at Bethany is very different than at MHS.\r\n\u201cFrom the workouts to the games, everything is completely different. College basketball is fast-paced,\u201d she said.\r\nKeyira is not the only Bison basketball player from Morgantown. She gets to play with her best friend, Fallon Nicholson.\r\n\u201cPlaying with Fallon helped me transition into college a lot better than I thought it would,\u201d she said. \u201cBeing able to play with her in college makes everything easier. I feel like it\u2019s everyone\u2019s dream to go to college with their best friend and I\u2019m so blessed that I got to.\u201d\r\nGolden doesn\u2019t just play basketball. She is also a member of the track team, competing in field events.\r\n\u201cI decided to do both track and basketball because I thought it would be fun,\u201d she said. \u201cI had never thrown before and it has always looked so interesting. I got to meet new people in track and my basketball teammates supported me through my new experience.\r\n\u201cParticipating in both basketball and track is an exciting experience. Both teams are very supportive of the other sport and are always there if I need anyone.\u201d\r\nGolden said training and practicing for basketball and track are very different.\r\n\u201cIn basketball we all pretty much do the same thing,\u201d she said. \u201cWe all have to work together to become a stronger unit everyday. While in track, it\u2019s more of an individual sport. You have to focus what you do and learn your own technique because everyone is different.\u201d\r\nGolden chose to attend Bethany College because of its size.\r\n\u201cI decided to go to Bethany because I love the campus and how small it was,\u201d she said. \u201cI liked the thought of being known by my name instead of just a random number in a big class.\u201d\r\nBethany is a private, liberal arts college in northern West Virginia.\r\n\u201cI think the thing I like most about attending Bethany is that it\u2019s so small. I know literally everyone on campus, which helps a lot because it\u2019s easier to make study groups or to make friends.\u201d\r\nGolden said Bethany \u2014 the city \u2014 is much smaller than Morgantown.\r\n\u201cBethany is very small, in the middle of nowhere. Morgantown is chaotic, everything is close by, and full of people.\u201d\r\nGolden was previously studying pre-physical therapy but decided to change her major to sports medicine.\r\n\u201cAt the beginning of the school year I wanted to go into athletic training and the sports medicine track was going to get me closer to that than pre-physical therapy track,\u201d she said.\r\n\u201cSince I\u2019ve changed my major to sports medicine, I\u2019ve decided that I want to be a physician assistant. When I graduate I plan to go into a master program and follow the course out.\u201d\r\nIn her spare time, Golden enjoys hanging out with her teammates or her sorority sisters of Alpha Xi Delta.\r\n\u201cWe like to get study groups together or just go out and get some food,\u201d she said.\r\nShe is the daughter of Amy Golden. She has four brothers and two sisters.