ALEXANDRIA — OK, fellas.

It's your turn.

The girls set the bar high.

It ended up being a stellar year for girls basketball for the greater New Orleans area.

The LHSAA passed out 12 state championship trophies in Rapides Coliseum on Friday.

Five of those trophies headed back to the New Orleans area.

Two went uptown (Ursuline Academy and St. Katharine Drexel Prep).

One went to the north shore (Christ Episcopal).

One went to River Ridge (John Curtis).

And one went straight to the heart of the city (Warren Easton).

In total, the area went a combined 10-3 in Alexandria.

Two of the losses came in head-to-head matchups where one local team had to lose. (Riverside lost to St. Mary's Academy in the Division III semifinals, then St. Mary's turned around and lost to rival St. Katharine Drexel Prep in Saturday's championship game.) The third loss was Dominican to McKinley in the Division I semifinals. 

The five titles, of course, is the most for the area in one year.

But it needs an asterisk beside it since the LHSAA began split select and nonselect playoff format for basketball in last season.

As a result, seven champions became 12 champions.

Under the old format, Easton and Ursuline would have been unable to claim a state championship. They both would have been competing in the Class 4A bracket.

Ursuline won its only meeting in the regular season, but it would have been good to see the two schools compete on the big stage for all the marbles.

"Those coaches and those players at Ursuline are near and dear to me, but I wish we could," Easton coach Darius Mimms said.

Mimms won his second state championship in four years on Friday night. It was his first under the split format after winning it in 2015 when select and nonselect schools played together.

If he had things his way, it would go back to the way it was.

"I said for the last two years that I've been complaining, but I'm like 'what am I complaining about if I'm not winning it,' " Mimms said. "My goal this year was to win it, so I can say I really don't like the select and nonselect. It is what it is. A state champ is a state champ. Congratulations to all those classes that won it. They deserve it. But it was different."

Next year, things change again.

The select and nonschools won't even play their tournaments at the same sites.

The select tournament will be at one place and the non-select will be somewhere else on separate weekends.

But that's next year.

This year's tournament left for storybook storylines.

Christ Episcopal, located in Covington, won in its first season of playing varsity, thanks to an epic fourth quarter performance by home-schooled senior Gabby Leahy.

St. Katharine Drexel Prep (formerly Xavier Prep) won its first title by beating its rival in a battle of two historic African-American Catholic schools.

Easton represented the public schools with a state title.

Ursuline's Kourtney Weber showed that she is one of the state's top players.

And there was all the young talent that showed us that the city is indeed in good hands for years to come.

Easton junior Kiana Anderson was most Outstanding Player in the Eagles' win.

Sophomores Jerkaila Jordan of Curtis and Tyra Vaughn of St. Katharine Drexel both were named Most Outstanding Player in their title games. And don't forget about St. Mary's freshman Tomyree Thompson, who had her team oh-so-close to a title.

The future indeed looks bright.

Now it's the guys turn, where nine local boys teams reached the semifinals.

Next stop, Lake Charles.

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.