Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Bailey Garbee

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 7:21 PM

Bailey Garbee

School: Quaker Valley

Sport: Basketball

Class: Sophomore

Claim to fame: Bailey Garbee helped lead No. 13 Quaker Valley to a Class 4A first-round upset over No. 4 Freeport.

She scored 12 points and blocked the potential game-tying shot with one second left on the clock to put away the Yellowjackets. Garbee also scored 19 points against No. 5 Elizabeth Forward in the quarterfinals, but Quaker Valley fell 46-38.

In one of the biggest games of your career, you sealed the win in the first round with a block. What happened on that play?

I could tell they wanted to set a screen on me. The girl I was guarding was about to get the ball. She’s a really good shooter, and with one second left she got it and started to shoot. I did my best to get around the screen and went after her to defend the shot. As soon I blocked it I kind of knew we won the game. It was a great feeling.

Freeport is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in WPIAL. How did you and your teammates get them off their game?

We were playing man-to-man defense. Coach Demko told us take make sure we had our hands up to contest every single shot. Even when they were dribbling, we were contesting them, so they couldn’t get their shots off easily.

Corrine Washington said earlier this season that you’re the best point guard she could ask for. What is the dynamic between you two?

It’s awesome. Corinne and I go way back. She’s an absolutely awesome teammate and player. She is one of the best scorers and drivers in WPIAL. Because we go way back, we kind of always know what the other person is doing. We always know what play we’re going to make.

What has it been like playing on a team without any seniors?

We had one senior last year, and no seniors this year. I feel like everyone has stepped into some sort of leadership role because of that. It’s a shared leadership.

One year ago, Quaker Valley didn’t make the playoffs. You nearly upset two of Class 4A’s best teams this season. Why can the Quakers make it even further next season?

We have all of the same girls coming back, so we can only be better than we were this year. there’s no room for losing ground. Other teams will lose their seniors, and we’re going to be ready to go with our whole team still together.

The goal this season was to earn a trip to the playoffs. What would it mean to you to earn a championship or two in the next two years?

I think that’s the real end goal for all of us. That would be absolutely awesome.