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Blockton carried Dominican girls to fine 17-8 record this winter

Sophomore repeat NOW All-Suburban selection

April 2, 2013

There was a lot of weight on the shoulders of Whitefish Bay Dominican's 5-11 sophomore forward Allazia Blockton this winter.

She was the top returning player off a team that had graduated all-state seniors Dilonna Johnson and Deysha Smith-Jenkins, who had combined to score over 2,900 points in their storied careers with the Knights. If the team was going to succeed, it was going to be largely through what Blockton would be able to accomplish and how well she would be able to get her teammates involved.

The repeat NOW All-Suburban selection succeeded, leading the Knights to a 17-8 record, including a fourth-place finish in the strong Metro Classic Conference (11-5) and a WIAA regional title. Their season started with a 7-0 rush and ended with a tough sectional semifinal loss to eventual state tournament qualifier and Metro Classic co-champ Racine Prairie.

Along the way, they beat North Shore Conference runner-up and area rival Whitefish Bay and had a competitive loss to eventual WIAA State D1 runner-up Mukwonago.

The top scorer in the area and returning All-Suburban choice did everything for Dominican, scoring 21.3 points (532 total) and bringing in 12.2 rebounds per game (306 total).

She hit 69 percent of her shots (213 of 311), led the team in free throws (79) and hit 13 3-pointers while also contributing 36 steals, 20 blocked shots and 42 assists. For all this, she also earned WBCA First-Team Division 4 All-State honors.

Recruiters love her ability create her own shot off the dribble and her ability to get to the rim whenever she wants. She has serious interest from Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana as well as other in-state programs such as Marquette and UW-Milwaukee.

Blockton got help this year from senior guard Mishayla Jones, who had a stellar year on her own, averaging 15.3 points and a team-high 3.4 assists a game.

Look for more success for the Knights next winter under veteran coach Kevin Schramka, as despite the loss of Jones, Dominican will return nine of its 11 players on the roster, including Blockton.

- Steven L. Tietz

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