08 Feb 2023 Bailey Sims – Vilonia (501 Basketball Team 2023)
Faced with the challenge of replacing half of its shooters from last year’s Class 5A state tournament team, Vilonia has found a gem this season in senior post player Bailey Sims. From creating offense through defense down low to punishing defenders beyond the arc, there isn’t much that No. 33 can’t do.
“Bailey may not be the biggest or tallest post player around, but she does have the ability to do things that most players cannot do,” Vilonia head coach Jeremy Simon said. “She is very crafty around the rim, and if we can get her the ball on the block she can usually get us a basket. What separates her from most post players is her play on the perimeter. She has good court vision, so when she sees the double teams coming she will find her open teammates. If you do not guard her, she has the ability to knock down threes.”
A source of positive energy for the Lady Eagles, Sims’ accountability is unrivaled.“Basketball has taught me patience and the value of teamwork,” Sims said. “This season, my goal is to play with more confidence so we can have a successful conference season and go to state.”
“I believe that Bailey is one of the most underrated post players in the state,” Simon said. “After losing 50 percent of our scoring to graduation, we are going to rely on Bailey to step up her game, and I believe she is going to have a breakout senior year.”