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Northeast's T'ona Edwards grows into leadership role, helps Vikings to title

LITTLE ALL-CITY GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Northeast finished the season 30-0, but the Vikings didn't get into a smooth start. But once T'ona Edwards accepted that she had to be a leader for her team, she helped her team to a state title and received an offer from Oklahoma.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 11, 2013
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“It didn't mean she had to be the captain, but she had to be able to be some kind of a leader,” Perry said. “After we had a conference with her, her mother and dad and I, once she accepted that it was going to be my way and really just stepped back and listened and watched what I was trying to do, I saw a different person.

“I saw a different T'ona Edwards period, and that's not just basketball-related.”

The Vikings finished 30-0, beating several teams that were highly ranked in larger classes along the way.

She also got her chance to play in college. Edwards picked up an offer from Oklahoma earlier this month and committed to the Sooners.

“It was nerve-racking waiting until then,” Edwards said. “But when I got that call, it was a blessing. Every good Oklahoma kid, that's a dream to go 20 miles down the road and play for OU.”

For Perry, seeing the transformation that Edwards made from the preseason to getting the OU offer was one of his most rewarding times as a coach.

“Saying the word happy doesn't even begin to describe how you feel when you see a kid make such big changes in life,” Perry said. “She's has come out of her shell so much and to watch her accomplish what she accomplished has been incredible.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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