She has been tormenting opponents for four seasons, and her team is two victories away from being declared the national champion of high school girls' basketball. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis of Mater Dei has been named the 2010-11 Gatorade National Girls' Basketball Player of the Year.
Lewis, who signed with Connecticut and was the state award winner as a sophomore, is the first Californian to win the national award since Lisa Leslie 21 years ago. Leslie, the 1989-90 winner while at Morningside, was on hand to make the presentation.
Lewis is the second Mater Dei player in four years to be recognized for a national award from Gatorade. Matt Barkley was the football winner in 2007 and was in attendance at the presentation; Barkley is the starting quarterback at USC. Tia Bollinger won for softball in 2000.
Lewis leads her team into the Southern California Regional Finals on Saturday, 6 p.m., at Galen Center when the top-seeded Monarchs (32-1)—ranked No. 1 in the nation—play against Canyon Springs (30-3).