Paul Laurence Dunbar star Taveion Hollingsworth scored 25 points Thursday in the Bulldogs’ 74-69 win over Bryan Station, setting a career scoring record at the school and inching closer to the all-time city scoring record in the process.
Hollingsworth passed former Dunbar and University of Cincinnati star Darnell Burton, who scored 2,192 points in high school, on a putback with 6:35 left in the third quarter to put Dunbar ahead 40-31. Earlier this season he broke Burton’s single-game scoring record at Dunbar by scoring 47 points against Lee (Ala.) in the King of the Bluegrass.
Hollingsworth is sitting on 2,202 points for his career, good for fourth all-time in Lexington. Former Bryan Station star Mike Allen (the current head coach at Tates Creek) leads the city with 2,408 points, a record set in 1989.
John O’Hara, an assistant coach for the Paul Laurence Dunbar boys’ soccer team, captured Hollingsworth’s record-breaking basket on video.
Hollingsworth is averaging 26.5 points per game through Monday night’s game. The Bulldogs have eight regular-season games remaining along with at least one 43rd District tournament contest. If Hollingsworth maintains his current average and none of Dunbar’s games get canceled due to weather, he likely would break the city scoring record at Henry Clay on Feb. 9 or against Covington Catholic at Thomas More College on Feb. 11.
Correction: This article originally stated that Hollingsworth was third on the Lexington scoring list; he is fourth. Darnell Burton’s career scoring total also was inaccurately reported in the original version of this article.
Additional correction: It was later brought to the Herald-Leader’s attention that Shawn Fields of Lexington Catholic also reached 2,000 points in his career.
Lexington’s 2,000-point scorers
Career points leaders in Lexington boys' high school basketball:
1. Mike Allen 2,408 (Bryan Station, 1989)
2. Jackson Davis 2,343 (Lafayette, 2014)
3. Mike Smith 2,324 (Sayre/Paul Laurence Dunbar, 2013)
4. Taveion Hollingsworth x-2,202 (Paul Laurence Dunbar, 2017)
5. Darnell Burton 2,192 (Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1993)
6. Demetrius Green 2,144 (Lexington Catholic, 2004)
7. Jaron Brown 2,066 (Bryan Station, 1998)
8. Shawn Fields, 2,022 (Lexington Catholic, 1998)
x-As of Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017