Blockton's legacy will resonate long after career

Allazia Blockton works out at Dominican basketball practice in January. The four-year standout cleared 2,000 points for her career and was named All-State three times.

Allazia Blockton works out at Dominican basketball practice in January. The four-year standout cleared 2,000 points for her career and was named All-State three times. Photo By Gary Porter

March 31, 2015

She was once the freshman trying to fit in with talented seniors Deysha Smith-Jenkins and Dilonna Johnson, both elite basketball players at Dominican who had led the Knights to state the year before. In 2015, the inverse was true, and Blockton is the senior trying to mentor a talented cadre of freshmen and sophomores.

The journey ended short of state for Allazia Blockton, but the groundwork has been plotted for considerable success in the near future. Blockton, who piled up one of the highest career point totals in state history, will stay local at Marquette University and perhaps get a chance to see her former understudies in action.

"Freshman year, I was just a little freshman, but sophomore year, even though I was playing with older girls, they weren't as experienced in basketball," Blockton said. "(Leadership) just came easy. When Jaz (Jazmine Young) and Alanna (Newsome) came in (this year), they already knew how to play basketball, what they were doing on the court. I just made sure they were confident on the floor and knew they could produce."

Blockton's own production was off the charts. She finished with 2,143 points, good for ninth place on the state's all-time scoring chart. She averaged a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Knights, helping her team record a 19-7 mark and finish in the sectional final. She added 3.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

"With Allazia on the floor, we can compete with any team in the state," coach Kevin Schramka said. "She is a phenomenal player."

That rung true even as teams designed defenses around stopping the three-time All-State selection. Dominican managed to work its way past Kenosha St. Joseph, a team that defeated Dominican twice in the regular season, in the playoffs. It was reminiscent of one year earlier, when Dominican topped undefeated Racine Prairie in the sectional semifinal.

In the regular season, Dominican also sustained a three-point loss to state finalist Xavier and fell in overtime to a powerful Division 1 foe in Mukwonago.

"My junior year, we lost by 30 points (to Mukwonago)," Blockton said. "It might have been close in the first quarter, and they just pulled away. For us to play them like that (this year). At first, they came out really fast and we were down like 17-2, but we came back with a spark (leading at halftime by seven points). If we can hang with them — and they always have a good program — then we can hang with anyone."

They showed it, particularly in the 44-41 playoff victory over St. Joseph. Young, one of the team's two freshmen along with Newsome, scored 11 to share team-high honors with Blockton.

"Every time we played a rival of ours, something would always go wrong," Blockton said. "This time, we just made sure everything was perfect. Everything was where we were supposed to be. I was saying, 'This is a game we have to play like a state championship. Don't worry about who's team it is; everyone is a family.' (Young) was really the spark plug, scoring back-to-back, buzzer beaters, making everything she shot in the first half. Alonna Newsome came out and played great defense, and everyone was just playing great basketball."

Dominican trailed by three points against St. Mary Springs in the sectional final at halftime and lingered within striking distance after three quarters before falling short, 56-34.

"Our team got a little nervous," Blockton admitted. "Their crowd was big and chanting things our team hadn't heard before. People were thinking, 'This is a big game, I don't want to shoot and mess this up.'"

The Knights, which also picked up major contributions from sophomores Dasia Davis and Sydnee Jenkins during the season, will be a threat for years to come. Blockton, meanwhile, was left reflecting on a tremendous career.

"(2,000 points) is a great milestone," she said. "I know a lot of great basketball players who didn't do it. Gabby Ortiz (formerly of Prairie and now at Oklahoma), as great as she was, she didn't get 2,000 points. For me to be able to do it and still play team basketball is just amazing. I feel great about it."

Blockton said the energetic coaching staff at Marquette drew her to the school, where she also hopes to major in pre-med. She said the Marquette coaches recognize her vision of becoming an All-American in college and can help her attain that goal.

She'll have plenty more games to play, but she'll miss her Dominican time off-the-court.

"We really just built a family," she said. "We had in previous years, but this year, we were all so tight and hung out outside of basketball. That was the hardest thing to walk away from. Even if we had gone to state, it still would have been the hardest thing to walk away from."

Settling the score

A list of the top 10 scorers in Wisconsin girls basketball history, including a bumper crop of great players closing their careers this year:

1. Megan Gustafson, South Shore (2015) — 3,229 points

2. Jolene Anderson, South Shore (2004) — 2,881

3. Anna DeForge, Niagara (1994) — 2,601

4. Chloe Wanink, Cameron (2015) — 2,393

5. Angie Halbleib, Middleton (1993) — 2,378

6. Arike Ogunbowale, Divine Savior Holy Angels (2015) — 2,240

7. Sonja Henning, Racine Horlick (1987) — 2,236

8. Sarah Meyer, Lena (1991) — 2,173

9. Allazia Blockton, Dominican (2015) — 2,143

10. Shelly Coyle, River Valley (1986) — 2,108

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