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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Breanna Stewart adds to trophy case


Gatorade POY
Breanna Stewart accepts the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year trophy from WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings.

An outstanding year ventured into off-the-charts territory Thursday when Breanna Stewart of Ciero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.) was named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Stewart, a 6-foot-4 forward who has signed with Connecticut, was surprised  by WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings in the school library.

"Let's just say I was not expecting that," Stewart said after accepting the trophy from Catchings. "Oh my gosh, I saw my parents come in the door with Tamika and I thought I was in trouble or something. I was not ready for that to happen."

Already this year, Stewart was named the USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year after leading the U19 national team to a gold medal at the 2011 FIBA World Championships last summer,  the most outstanding player at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Ariz., after leading Cicero-North Syracuse to the semifinals, the  Morgan Wooten Player of the Year and the Naismith Award winner.

Next up for Stewart, who already led Cicero-North Syracuse to a section title, is a state semifinal game on Friday against Ossining (N.Y.) Stewart will also play in the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago.