“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.”