WELCOME TO THE POWER: Briana Bailey in action for her previous team Rockhampton Cyclones.
WELCOME TO THE POWER: Briana Bailey in action for her previous team Rockhampton Cyclones. Allan Reinikka ROK090617acyclone

It's a Bailey cross-over to 'the good side'

BASKETBALL: The recruiting is starting to roll over nicely for the McDonalds Gladstone Port City Power women ahead of the QBL season.

Briana Bailey has made the switch to 'the good side' from Rockhampton Cyclones where she played 15 games games and averaged 5.27 points per game and proved to be one of the more promising young players in the league.

Basketball: Cyclones' Briana Bailey.
Basketball: Cyclones' Briana Bailey. Allan Reinikka ROK090617acyclone

She has had a decorated junior and senior career with the Cyclones and she is a two-time QBL championship player for the club.

"Signing with the Power was an easy choice for me," an excited Bailey said.

"It was a chance for a new atmosphere, new coaching staff, new team-mates and a new role to fill.

Cyclones Briana Bailey and Anna Dyer.
Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Cyclones Briana Bailey and Anna Dyer. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka ROK290815acyclone

"I'm thoroughly excited to be joining the Power family and look forward to the start of the season."

Bailey is a guard who plays at high-intensity and has the ability to create the play in offense whether she scores baskets herself or sets them up.

Her junior career has set the platform to play at senior level where she represented Basketball Queensland's states teams and therefore had the opportunity to play against the best young players in Australia.

Power women head coach Ray Cooper said Bailey will bring energy to the team and more opportunity to stake her claim.

"Bri is a really good piece to our recruiting puzzle for 2018," he said.

Basketballer Briana Bailey is off to nationals.
Basketballer Briana Bailey is off to nationals. Allan Reinikka ROK080217abailey1

"She is a proven contributor at the QBL level and has played on a number of winning senior teams.

"I think she has been a little undervalued in her time in the QBL so far and I expect her to benefit from an increased role with some additional creative freedom."

Cooper is confident Bailey will produce the goods when it matters most to a team that has already signed Amanda Frost and Jen Mathurin as the two imports as well as Milomilo Nanai.



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