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LA South and Orange County: Mater Dei 79, Fairfax 25

SANTA ANA -- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has a huge reputation as a player who can do what she wants mid-range to the basket. Now, extend that reputation a little further.

Lewis connected on a school-record nine three-point baskets Tuesday as top-seeded Mater Dei scored an easy 79-25 victory over Fairfax in the first round of the Southern California Regional Division I Championships for girls' basketball.

Shooting on her home court, the Meruelo Athletic Center, Lewis scored 29 points, four more than her opponent.

"Kaleena's a great shooter and if you're going to leave her open, she'll make that shot," coach Kevin Kiernan said of his UConn-bound senior.

Lewis broke a record for three-pointers shared previously by Lori Hurlbut and Jen Rogers, both of whom were long-range gunners when they played for the Monarchs.

Mater Dei (30-1) will play host on Thursday to the winner of the Carson-Santa Monica game. The Monarchs have beaten both teams this season, including Santa Monica for a second time in the Southern Section Division 1AA semifinals.

Despite the big victory, Mater Dei's quest to win a second consecutive state title got a little tougher on Monday when starter Alexas Williamson had an emergency appendectomy. She is the starting shooting guard for the Monarchs.

"It's an emotional thing," Kiernan said. "We were a little shaky at the beginning of the game.The girls were legitimately worried about Alexas. An emergency anything's not good.

"Familiarity goes out the window. We can put Kiki Alofaituli in and not miss a thing" but the team is more used to working with Williamson.

Still, Mater Dei scored the first 11 points and was never threatened.