Lafayette girls’ basketball coach Allison Denton won her 300th game as the Generals defeated Frederick Douglass, 64-46, on Wednesday night.
She did not learn of her milestone until after Wednesday night’s game.
“I had no idea,” said Denton, who’s in her 17th season at Lafayette. “The only thing I can say is the kids that I’ve coached that have played so hard and believed in our program, they’re the ones that really deserve this. I’m just glad to get to do what I love to do.”
Caroline Bennett scored 19 points to lead four Generals in double figures. Lafayette bounced back from its first loss of the season, 62-58 on Tuesday, to improve to 4-1. Destyne Jackson had a game-high 21 points for the Broncos (1-3).
All 300 of Denton’s wins have come at Lafayette, a program she took over in 2001 after two seasons as the school’s softball head coach (she led the Generals to a 30-6 record and a region semifinals appearance in her last season on the diamond). She began her career as a freshman girls’ coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar, her alma mater, after a four-year playing career at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn.
Denton is in her 17th season at Lafayette. and is averaging 18.5 wins a season. The Generals have had only three losing seasons in her tenure, and in 2014 qualified for the Sweet Sixteen for only the fourth time in school history and the first time since 1984.
The minimum number of coaching wins to land in the KHSAA girls’ basketball record books is 375. Greg Todd, who coached at Berea and Lexington Catholic over a 14-year period, is the all-time leader in Lexington and the 11th Region with 391 victories.
If she continues winning at her current rate, Denton could become Lexington’s all-time wins leader in four or five seasons.
“When I first started coaching at Lafayette, I admired (Greg Todd) for everything he did with his program. I think if that happens, then, I don’t even know what to think. That seems like so far away, Denton said. “ ... Obviously it would be an honor. I’m dedicated to wherever I am and Lafayette’s been a great home to me. I give my all to it every single day, so if that chance happens I will welcome it and I’ll be proud.”