Phoenix’s Rachel Pryor flips one to a support player in a game against Pirates at Kev Broome Stadium.
Phoenix’s Rachel Pryor flips one to a support player in a game against Pirates at Kev Broome Stadium. Luka Kauzlaric

New recruit lives up to Phoenix Power's expectations

ARRIVING into a team that has the prestige and history of a team like the Gladstone Phoenix Power is an exciting prospect for any player, but it comes with a huge amount of expectation.

Rachel Pryor found herself in that situation at the start of this season, in a team desperate to regain the title, and she was asked immediately to produce winning performances.

The Gold Coast girl took it all in her stride though, and has produced top-notch performances throughout the season.

"I played for Spartans (in Brisbane) for seven years, then got the opportunity to come to Gladstone and I love playing with the girls here," Pryor said.

She was on Power's wanted list for a reason, and this season at Kev Broome Stadium she has shown just exactly why.

The 24-year-old is averaging 12.7 rebounds and 14.4 points this season, creating havoc under the basket and allowing the Power's slick shooting guards the room to drop in uncontested threes.

"Being a target inside and being on the boards getting second-chance points is my job," she said.

With a championship run on the cards for Gladstone, Pryor is keen to become a regular feature in the dynasty that has been created over the past few years.

The forward is thriving on being in a team that is on the right side of the scoreline and does not want that to change.

"I am competitive so I want to win, this is a good place to do that," Pryor said.

"I would love to come back to Gladstone, it is great being in the team and I really love the atmosphere."

Pryor was outstanding once again in the victory over South West Metro, scoring 22 points and hauling in a mammoth 18 rebounds.

Pryor game stats:

  • Points: 22
  • Rebounds: 18
  • Offensive Rebounds: 10
  • Assists: 2
  • Blocks: 1
  • Steals: 1


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