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Security Federal Athlete of the Week: Dec. 12-25

Partnering with Security Federal, the Warren County Sports Authority will honor a standout local athlete each week. The WCSA and the Friendliest Bank in Town love seeing great athletic achievement and there are plenty to pick from every week in Warren County. From winter to summer, spring to fall, and on courts, fields, diamonds, dance floors and anywhere else an athlete can succeed, Security Federal and the Sports Authority are going to be on the lookout for the best of the best!

Lady Pioneer Kyra Perkins

Kyra Perkins has her fingerprints all over one of the best stretches of success for the Lady Pioneers in two decades. Perkins is a two-way dynamo helping fuel the team's current seven-game winning streak, which includes capturing the Sonic Shootout championship last week.

Perkins was named the tournament MVP in Sparta, where Warren County had to navigate a tough field to take home the title. Warren County won three games in three days, two coming in OT, to stand tall as the top squad in the eight-team field.

They couldn't have done it without Perkins setting the tone defensively.

The junior had a key steal and score during overtime against Lawrence County last Monday, putting the game out of reach in extra time. It was part of a 10-point performance against the Lady Wildcats for Perkins.

The next day, Perkins took over the fourth quarter against York. She swatted shots, stepped in passing lanes and was burying 3-pointers as the Lady Pioneers pulled away for a 46-31 victory over the Lady Dragons. Perkins had a team-high 15 points in the semifinal victory.

She saved her best for last though.

Facing White County - a team that had beaten Warren County 20 straight times dating back to 2013 - Perkins was everywhere the Lady Pioneers needed help in crunch time. Her athleticism helped combat Sparta's major size advantage over Warren County, while her ability to score in traffic and key the Lady Pioneers' aggressive defense proved to be the difference.

Perkins scored a team-best 16 points in the finals, which Warren County won in thrilling fashion, 72-71 in overtime. She sank four clutch free throws in the fourth - all during 1-and-1 situations - to fuel a comeback as the Lady Pioneers trailed by double figures early in the period.

Perkins was the lone Lady Pioneer to score in double figures in all three tournament games and is currently tied with Sable Winfree as the team's leading scorer at 10.4 ppg. She also leads the team in rebounds (5.1 per game) and blocks.

Warren County will be in action this week in the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational, starting play Wednesday against Wesley Chapel, Fl.

The Lady Pioneers are 11-2 this season and have avenged both of their losses (Tullahoma, White County) during their current winning streak. Warren County is on the cusp of its first winning season since 2013-14 - a year the Lady Pioneers won two Christmas tournaments.

The Lady Pioneers can make it 2-for-2 over holiday break in Tampa this week.

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