Douglass star Destyne Jackson is the WKYT Athlete of the Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Douglass girls basketball coach Shawn Ransom had a lot of questions in the preseason. He really didn't know how competitive his team would be, but all that changed in one afternoon.

"When I first got here, we didn't know who we were going to have," said Ransom who previously coached at Bryan Station. "Some were kind of skeptical but I had word Miss (Destyne) Jackson would be coming over but I wanted to see it to believe it. When she walked to the door, man it was like, we looked at each other like we've got something special."

Jackson has been better than special. With Douglass in its first season of basketball, Jackson set the school scoring record with 29 points in the opener against her former school, Henry Clay. Jackson had 29. Here's the catch, she is so humble she did not want to shoot that much.

"I have told her a couple of times to shoot the ball," said Ransom. "She's like, Coach I don't want to be a ball hog. I said, listen Destyne, we need you to put the ball up in order for us to be successful."

Since Douglass is in its inaugural season, Jackson has had the rare opportunity to set a record and break it numerous times. Since scoring 29 against Henry Clay on November 28, she has since broken that scoring mark three times. Her latest effort coming against Menifee County where Jackson ripped the nets for 50 points!

I've never had 50, but I got 39 (against Tates Creek) and that was the closest," said the junior guard.

"I was just really excited, but most importantly we just wanted to get the win and I think that was the biggest thing for us."

Douglass beat Menfiee County 91-86 in triple overtime and the Broncos needed all of those 50 points.

That's a record which stand a long long time.

"It means a lot ,for real," said Jackson. "It's kind of exciting and nervous just to think I got that many points and it's going to be in history I guess."

"This girl, she is fantastic, said a smiling Ransom. "She's got a great attitude and she's going to go far. I would love to see her playing over at Memorial Coliseum, hint (with a wink), but at the same time I mean wherever she goes she's going to be really really good at it and the sky is the limit for this young lady."

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