BALLER: Point guard Briana Bailey storms down the Hegvold Stadium court for the Cyclones.
BALLER: Point guard Briana Bailey storms down the Hegvold Stadium court for the Cyclones. Allan Reinikka ROK160716acyclone

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BASKETBALL: Be it for club or state, there's no greater thrill for Briana Bailey than sinking a three pointer.

Hearing the swish and watching her team-mates and support crew react give off a buzz like no other.

But she gets the most joy nailing them at Hegvold Stadium in front of friends and family. And she does them quite often.

Being a shorter player, the Rockhampton Cyclones point guard put the onus on herself to add something different to her various teams.

"I don't really have a secret or anything," she replied.

"I just make sure I set myself before I shoot and just think about what I am about to do.

"Because I am shorter I don't get too many layups, so I make sure I am in good space and hope to get the ball.

"But if I don't get the ball I make sure I am the first one back on defence.

"Every time you nail one you do get excited. Even better at Hegvold with the packed stadium, it is very uplifting."

READ: Bailey's thoughts on representing Queensland for the fifth time.

Bailey further enhanced her astounding long shot credentials last week at the National Under-20s Championships.

While Queensland had a disappointing campaign in Bendigo, Bailey shot her way to the top. She finished first for three pointers and second for average points per game.

"I had a good tournament individually, only had a couple of off games," she said.

"We always fought to the end and only had one game blow out.

"We had a lot of people drop out and had to play reserves, but we did okay.

"It will be good experience again for me to take into the season with the Cyclones."

Bailey and Rockhampton's under-23s are off to Mackay this weekend for a pre-season competition against the Northern Regions.



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