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John Curtis' Dynah Jones (4) goes up for the layup as Dominican's Kylie Barre' (23) defends in a Division I semi-final game of the LHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament, Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Go ahead and mark it down.

The streak will continue.

The Greater New Orleans area will bring at least one girls basketball state championship trophy back home from Alexandria the first weekend in March.

You'd have to go all the way back to 2010 to find a year that at least one team from the area didn't win a state title.

It would be hard for the streak not to continue now, especially since the LHSAA began passing out 12 state championship trophies last year instead of seven.

The watered-down select playoffs are almost surely going to produce a local champion or two.

In fact, the LHSAA could go ahead and send the trophies to John Curtis and Northlake Christian, both reigning champions and both No. 1 seeds in their respective divisions.

Ursuline Academy, a No. 3 seed, could go a long way in the Division II race as well.

But on the nonselect side, it's slim pickings.

The area's only realistic shot at winning a nonselect title is Warren Easton. The Eagles, who won the Class 4A state title in 2015, are the only nonselect school from the area that is a No. 4 seed or better.

Some of the local nonselect team's that have been so dominant in recent years didn't even make the playoffs this season.

Destrehan, winners of last year's Class 5A crown, found things much tougher without Cara Ursin, last year's Gatorade Player of the Year and Miss Basketball. She' s now a freshman at Baylor.

Edna Karr, which made deep runs in the 4A playoffs in recent years, missed out on this year's 32-team bracket as well.

Area teams are hosting only five (Easton, Helen Cox, Salmen, East St. John and West St. John) of the 14 nonselect playoff games featuring local teams. 

The other nine teams, seeded anywhere from 18-32, are all hitting in the road and are likely to be one and done in the tournament.

Is it a down year for girls basketball in the area?

"Maybe a little," Easton coach Darius Mimms said.

Mimms cites some key injuries to some of the area's top players for some of that.

His daughter Dene, a Tulane signee, sat out the season with a knee injury.

Ursuline's Brooklyn Mitchell, who signed with Kansas, also missed the season with a knee injury.

"You had a some girls who were getting some national attention who weren't able to play," Mimms said. "And then the select/nonselect waters it down so much. And the media attention for girls basketball hasn't been the same this year. So I think a lot goes into it."

But Mimms likes his team's chances.

They host No. 29 Buckeye on Thursday night in the opening round.

A win and they will move a step closer to Alexandria and helping keep the New Orleans streak alive.

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.