Cyclone Bailey to sink them all
BASKETBALL: Three point specialist Brianna Bailey will step off a plane later today aiming to continue her high-flying on-court success.
For the fifth year running the dynamic point guard will assist for Queensland in the National Titles in Bendigo, Victoria.
The Rockhampton Cyclones teenager knows she will be in for a challenge in the week long competition.
But she will leave nothing in the tank.
"Game days are full on, you don't stop at all. Then you have recovery days and trainings in the mornings," Bailey said.
"The first three years we were having to get used to the higher level of competition, Victoria are kind of bullies. They are very rough, physical on the ball and really talented.
"It is because they get to play at a higher standard week in week out.
"But playing for the Cyclones makes it easier. Being a shorter player I have to go up against bigger and stronger players all the time. It is good experience playing against the internationals where you have to use your body to combat them."
Bailey featured in all bar one of the Cyclones historic 2016 season where they had a 13-game winning streak on their way to back-to-back QWBL championships.
She hasn't always been a super shot from the three point line though.
"Since I have gotten into serious basketball I've really started to work on my shooting a lot more," she said. "And it has paid off I guess."
"At the Nationals the past two years I have finished second for Australia then first for three pointers.
"I started playing basketball as an eight-year-old, I didn't want to play netball and my cousins would play and got me along. I have been with the Cyclones since I was 14.
"Cyclones was great last year. You have to get used to new players and imports that come in all the time and that can be hard. But we had such a great group.
"We all got along and was a real reason why we did so well."