Page High School’s Bria White and Independence High School’s Trenton Perry have been named this month’s recipients of the John Maher Scholar Athlete Award.
White, daughter of Rod and Tina White, is a four-year member of the Lady Patriots basketball team that currently leads District 12-AA with a 13-4, 8-0 record.
Currently the leading scorer in Williamson County girls basketball with an average of 16 points per game, White is a three-time All-District player and was named All-Region as a junior. That same year she was honored as the District 12-AA Player of the Year.
Page came one game away from reaching the Class AA state tournament in 2012, falling to Christ Presbyterian Academy 53-44 in the sectional round.
White, a 6-foot post player, reached one of many career milestones early this season, breaking the school’s career scoring record in December. Nicole Bagsby previously held the record with 1,399.
Page girls basketball coach Billy Mooney praises White’s ability on the court while recognizing her as a leader in the school.
“Bria has always demonstrated the “team first” attitude and is always willing to do what it takes for her team to succeed,” he said. “Bria has maintained an A average and is considered by many to be a school leader on and off the court. Her smile has lit up Page High and her personality has drawn many to her side.”
White has been an instructor at multiple youth basketball camps and is a willing participant in all school activities. She maintains a 3.4 grade point average in the classroom.
Perry, son of Lowell and Kathleen Perry, is a four-year member of the Independence basketball team that currently sits with a 12-6, 1-1 record.
At 6-foot-4, he is a versatile player who can play every position other than center.
Perry’s primary strength is his 3-point range. The senior’s 36 makes from behind the arc is second best in Williamson County behind only Brentwood’s Asa Duvall. His best game came in November against Summit when he sank 7-of-9 3-pointers in a 27-point effort against the Spartans.
“Obviously he’s one of our best shooters and it’s no secret that he can shoot the ball really well,” said Indy coach Greg Glass. “What I’ve gotten to see out of Trenton this year is that he brings more to the table than just shooting.”
Glass praises Perry for taking advantage of opportunities as a senior and developing as a leader and a rebounder.
Perry plays AAU will the Tennessee Future Stars, leading them in scoring at this past summer’s National Championship in Orlando.
Away from basketball, Perry was elected vice president of his senior class and is a staff writer for Independence’s student newspaper.
He maintains a 3.5 GPA and has volunteered each year at Independence at the Heritage Community Recreation Association’s basketball camps for youth.
Glass, a first-year coach at Independence, calls Perry a great kid who it has been a joy to get to know.
“It’s a tribute to his parents and his family,” Glass said. “(Trenton is) a great kid that I never have any problems out of who does well in the classroom.”
The John Maher Scholar Athlete of the Month Award, given by John Maher Builders and the Williamson Herald is decided by a four-person panel that makes their decision based on GPA, leadership qualities, community service, athletic competition, and a written essay by the student-athlete’s nominator.
Each recipient is invited to the annual scholar-athlete banquet at the end of the school year where one male and one female winner will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.