Strand: Otters’ shooting starPublished 10:36am Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Updated 10:36am Tuesday, March 18, 2014
As the Fergus Falls girls basketball team makes its third straight appearance in the Class AAA state tournament, senior guard Bailey Strand is ready to take care of business.
Leading the Otters in scoring this season, Strand has been a threat to opponents willing to give her an inch to shoot. Her play has been so impressive that University of North Dakota has signed her as a 2014 recruit.
I sat down with the star shooter to ask her about family, basketball and what it’s like to play on the much publicized Fergus Falls girls basketball team.
Q: What is your favorite subject and why?
A: Psychology. It’s something different and provides critical thinking.
Q: Where are you going to school next year?
Q: Have you decided on a major?
A: Nothing yet.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about college?
A: The experience. I think that it will be really fun.
Q: With UND being close, what will it be like to have your friends and family come watch you play?
A: It means a lot to me. It was one of the deciding factors, I guess. I wanted to be closer to home so my family and friends could come and see me.
Q: Do you like having your dad as your coach?
A: I like it. He’s been my coach since I was younger, so it’s normal.
Q: Your younger sister, Katelyn, has also got minutes this season, so what is it like to have her on the team?
A: Yeah, that’s kind of cool. We always joke about getting to play together, now we actually get to be on the same team.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Get Smart. It’s really funny and my sister and I watch it a lot.
Q: You have been known to practice early in the morning, perfecting your shot. So, what is it like to get up early, when most people would want to sleep in?
A: I don’t know, I just like getting my practicing over with in the morning and having the rest of my day.
Q: Do you have any set shot limit that you go for?
A: Not really, just what I feel like shooting that day (laughs).
Q: If you had a million dollars what would you do with it?
A: I don’t know, thats a tough one (laughs), go on a trip.
Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?
A: Probably a basketball, a good book to read and a friend.
Q: What is the thing that you are most looking forward to about going down to the state tournament?
A: We have one year under our belt, so just the experience of being there.
Q: Outside of basketball, what is going to be your favorite part of going down to the cities for the state tournament?
A: More time with the team and extra time with each other.
Q: What do you do with your downtime at the tournament?
A: We’ll probably do some homework and maybe go to the Mall of America.
Q: What are you going to miss most about playing basketball at Fergus Falls?
A: Probably just the group of girls that I play with and the community support.