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Orange County: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis gets national award

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).