Rode Becomes Lexington's All-Time Scorig Leader
Kyle Rode is one of the best basketball players to ever step on a court in Lexington, Ky. He’s got a new record to prove it.
Rode, a senior at Lexington Christian Academy who’s signed with Liberty University, became the city’s new all-time scoring leader with a late free throw in LCA’s 68-55 win over Paul Laurence Dunbar in the 43rd District championship game on Friday. Rode finished the night with 32 points; he needed 30 to pass Taveion Hollingsworth, a former star for Dunbar who currently plays for Western Kentucky University, who set the previous mark in Feb. 2017.
Hollingsworth passed Mike Allen, the former Bryan Station standout who had held the boys’ scoring record since 1989, in a loss at West Jessamine on Feb. 14, 2017. Hollingsworth ended his career with 2,495 points after scoring 44 points in a loss to LCA in the semifinals of that season’s 43rd District tournament.
That season was the first time LCA won a district championship, and was the first of now three straight following Friday’s victory. Both LCA and Dunbar qualified for this year’s 11th Region tournament by virtue of reaching the district finals.
Rode’s career scoring total sits at 2,498 points. Lexington Catholic’s Kelli Stamper holds the city’s all-time scoring mark, regardless of gender, with 2,539 points. Rode needs 42 points to eclipse that mark.
FEBRUARY 22, 2019 10:28 PM
Josh Moore is a digital sports reporter who specializes in preps coverage. He’s in his fourth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he’s been employed since 2009. Moore graduated with a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication and English from the University of Kentucky in 2013.