Flynn returns to court at Mustang team camp

Bailey Flynn One

By Kyle Salomon,

For the first time in a year and a half, Mustang senior guard Bailey Flynn was able to step onto the court and play basketball with her Lady Broncos teammates last week.

“It’s been a really long time and a really long process,” Flynn said. “I’m getting back into it, though. It takes time. I’m pretty rusty. I’m in the gym every day I can be trying to get back into shape and back into form.”

The Mustang girls basketball program hosted its own team camp last week as numerous teams from across the area came to participate in the five-day event. Each team in the camp played 10 games (two games per day). The camp was held at the Mustang High School wellness center.

Flynn’s official first game back was June 17 against Norman. She said she felt ready mentally, but physically was rusty.

“I was sharp mentally,” she said. “I knew everything I wanted to do and everything felt comfortable for me. Physically, it was a different story. I wasn’t hurting or anything like that, but it’s going to take time to get back into playing shape. It was a good start, though. It was a great week.”

Flynn hasn’t seen much on-court action for the Lady Broncos basketball team since her freshman year when she started at point guard. Flynn played for the first couple of weeks of her sophomore season before an injury sidelined her for the remainder of the season.

The sharp-shooting guard was set to come back last year for her junior campaign, but a severe knee injury in preseason practice led to season-ending surgery before the year even began.

Flynn said getting back on the court with her teammates was a great feeling.

“It was good getting out there with all the girls,” she said. “There are a lot of new faces on the team, but it’s definitely good to be out there with them. We need to start building that chemistry right now, so it will carry over into the fall and into the season.”

Once the summer season is over for Mustang, Flynn will rejoin her AAU team in Oklahoma City and play in several tournaments with them before school starts back up in August.

Flynn will compete in two AAU tournaments. She said she is expecting to continue getting stronger the more time she spends on the court.

“I know it’s not going to happen overnight,” she said. “It’s a process. I just want to continue getting stronger and getting more comfortable. I already feel a lot stronger and more comfortable after last week.

“I feel like I have been in a box lately because it’s been so long since I have played. Everyone has been playing and training and I haven’t been able to do that, so it has been tough. I’m just happy to be back.”