Langham Creek High School senior Kaley Perkins, the ball, was honored by Fox 26 during its “Making the Grade” segment for her excellence on the basketball court and in the classroom. Perkins is currently in the top-5 percent of her senior class and heads into the 2020-2021 basketball season on the heels of earning all-state honors as a junior. (CFISD Communications)

CYPRESS — Langham Creek High School basketball standout Kaley Perkins was featured during the Oct. 19 Fox 26 “Making the Grade” segment, which showcases top Houston student-athletes for their excellence in both academics and athletics.

Fox 26 reporter Nate Griffin led a Zoom presentation to honor Perkins and record the segment with her parents, coaches and campus and district administration. Perkins and her Langham Creek teammates are set to begin their season, as Oct. 21 marks the first day of practice for the 2020-2021 season.

“I’m excited for this year,” said Perkins, who helped lead the Lobos to a runner-up finish in District 14-6A last year and regional quarterfinal appearance in the playoffs. “I was worried at first that we weren’t going to have a season because of the coronavirus, but so far everything is looking good so I’m really excited.”

Perkins is coming off a junior season in which she was voted the district Most Valuable Player to go with earning Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-region and Texas Girls Coaches Association all-state honors. A three-year varsity captain, Perkins is verbally committed to play college basketball at the University of Oklahoma.

“When this came across my email, the only person I thought about was Kaley,” Langham Creek Girls Basketball Coach Annette Steward said. “She’s actually been on varsity since her freshman year, and last year, she just took over that leadership role and really stepped up as a captain.”

Academically, Perkins holds a weighted 6.725 GPA (on a 6.0 grading scale) and is currently ranked 30th out of 695 seniors. She’s been named to the honor roll and earned academic all-district honors in each of the last three years.

Perkins is in both the English and Science honor societies.

“We’ve always told them about academics first,” Kaley’s mother, Bridgette, said of her message to her children. “If you have good academics, then it will open so many doors for you to choose from as opposed to just athletics alone.”

Said Langham Creek principal Dr. Jose Martinez: “Kaley is the epitome of a Langham Creek Lobo. That excellence standard in both academics and athletics, and really everything that we do at this campus. It’s wonderful to have a model like that in Kaley so our other students can see.”