ALEXANDRIA — Darius Mimms held up two fingers Friday night after his team's victory in Rapides Coliseum.
It was his second time bringing a state title back to Canal Street after winning one in 2015.
Because of a slew of injuries, getting back wasn't easy.
But once the Eagles got back, they sure did make it look easy.
No. 4 Easton jumped on No. 3 Neville early and went on to claim a 56-40 victory Friday in the Class 4A state championship game of the LHSAA girls state tournament at Rapides Coliseum.
"We came in with the mindset of step on everybody's neck and don't let up," junior Kiana Anderson said.
The Easton junior trio of Anderson, Cabrina Lewis and Casey Harris combined for 44 points to lead the Eagles (25-8).
"My junior class was phenomenal," Mimms said. "I'm so excited to know we are coming back next year.
The Eagles finished the season on an 18-game winning streak, all by double digits.
Their last loss came to Loranger in the Sugar Bowl tournament in early January.
Easton took care of business in this one early, starting on a 9-0 run.
Lewis, who finished with a game-high 18 points, scored 12 of her points in the first half that ended with the Eagles leading 37-18. Harris finished with 14, and Anderson added with 12. Anderson, who also had 10 rebounds for her second double-double in Rapides Coliseum, was named Most Outstanding Player.
"I'm proud that we made it this far," Anderson said. "We started the season off slow, but we just kept going."
Neville (24-9), seeking its first state title since 1959, got as close as 12 points on two occasions in the second half but could get no closer.
This title came after two injury-filled years for Darius Mimms' squad.
His daughter Dene Mimms, a Tulane signee, missed this season (and her sophomore season) with a torn ACL. Casey Harris missed last season with the same injury.
It was the third straight year the two schools met in the postseason.
Easton eliminated Neville 72-45 in the first round two years ago.
Neville returned to the favor in 2017, winning 56-40 in the second round.
Easton won the one where the stakes were highest.
"Last year we left crying," Lewis said. "This year we wanted it bad and we showed up and showed out."
Kalyn Green added eight points for Easton.
Shaniya Meneweather scored 10 points to lead Neville.
Easton's victory capped off a perfect day for the greater New Orleans area, which went 3-0 in Friday's championship games. Christ Episcopal, located in Covington, won the Division V crown in the first game of the day and Ursuline Acadmy won Division II. Three more area teams play on Saturday, with at least one guaranteed to bring another trophy to the Big Easy. St. Mary's Academy plays St. Katharine Drexel in an all-New Orleans Division III championship game and John Curtis plays McKinley for the Division I title.