The Southern Standard wants to take the opportunity to highlight the standout WCHS athletes. Partnering with R3 Logistics and Mud Bums Family Sports Grill, we will be honoring a Pioneer of the Week throughout the 2022-23 school year. Our honoree from Nov. 20-26 is WCHS Lady Pioneer Kyra Perkins.
Every Lady Pioneer took last weekend’s losses to Bradley Central and York personal, but none have had a better bounce back than Kyra Perkins. The athletic senior forward has been on a scoring tear ever since the WCHS girls dropped two games in the Manchester Hall of Champion matchups, leading the Lady Pioneers to two convincing wins.
Perkins had 19 points when Warren County throttled Tullahoma 56-27 last Tuesday in its first game at Charlie Dalton Gym, then exploded for a career-high 28 points as the Lady Pioneers downed DeKalb County 78-53 for their third win. Perkins is now averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game as she hopes to guide her squad to the lofty standards placed upon the group before the season.
“She was being aggressive and athletic,” said coach Anthony Lippe following Perkins’ dominance of DeKalb County. “She’s doing the things we ask her to do. It’s nothing new for her. She has a lot of talent and skill. We’re (looking to) put her in opportunities and try to help her be successful on the offensive end. She was also able to get out in transition and get some points for us.”
Warren County was held to just 19 points against York as a team, but Perkins did that and more on her own in the last two games. Her offense has been unlocked in transition, where her long strides and ability to rise over anybody at the rim makes her a terror.
She took it to another level against the Lady Tigers, showing off her improved range and a silky jumper from the midrange that left DeKalb County with no options to slow her down.
“Whenever they left me open, I felt like it was going in. So I just felt confident and shot it,” said Perkins, who had a 7-0 run to start the game in Smithville.
The venue may have played a big part of Perkins’ success. While the senior loves being at home, she also has felt a comfort playing against the Lady Tigers the last four seasons.
“We always shoot well when we come to DeKalb County and I think we’ve been locked in and ready to play (since last Saturday),” said Perkins. “We’ve been playing well as a team. Now, we’re excited to have the fans come out and see us play on our home court.”
Warren County returns home Friday, Dec. 2 against Cannon County, with tip-off set for 6 p.m.