The streak is currently at four.
It’ll be up to Jessica Barber, Jamie Thomatis, Melissa Weinmunson or Andrea Williams to keep the streak alive.
The greater New Orleans area is counting on at least one of them to bring a state championship from Hammond back to their school this weekend.
It would be the fifth consecutive year that at least one school from the area has claimed an LHSAA girls basketball state championship.
John Curtis started it off in 2012, followed by Salmen in 2013, then Salmen and Mount Carmel in 2014 and Warren Easton last year.
Now it’s Barber’s Karr Cougars, Thomatis’ Mount Carmel Cubs’, Weinmunson’s Mandeville Skippers’ or Williams’ Ursuline Lions’ turn as the Top 28 tournament begins Tuesday on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana.
All four of the teams perhaps have reasons why they shouldn’t be here, but none let those reasons stop them from getting just two wins away from a state championship.
Here’s a look at the four local schools and how they got here.
MOUNT CARMEL: The Cubs, a No. 2 seed, start things off for the local teams with a 6 p.m. Class 5A semifinal battle against No. 3 Natchitoches Central.
Mount Carmel is going for its second state title in three seasons. Perhaps even more impressive is that the Cubs are winning despite having their third coach in three seasons.
They haven’t skipped a beat under Thomatis, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Davidson College in North Carolina.
The Cubs got off to a somewhat slow start to the season but started clicking around January and haven’t looked back.
Freshmen like Ellie Holzman and Jordan Berry have meshed perfectly with seniors Kristen Nuss, Paige Franckiewicz and Megan Donaldson. They’ve won 17 of their last 18 games, including nine wins in a row.
MANDEVILLE: The Skippers put together the most impressive season of any local teams, spending almost the whole season as the No. 1 team in the New Orleans Advocate Super 10 rankings. They started the season wining 24 consecutive games before losing to Ponchatoula. They are undefeated since then, including Friday’s double-overtime thriller on the road against New Iberia.
Elise Reilly makes the Skippers go and leads a senior quartet, along with Jannah Boudreaux, Sarah Jane Ladut and Shantel Short.
Mandeville, the top seed in 5A, plays No. 5 Denham Springs at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday.
KARR: The Cougars are making their second straight trip to the Top 28 after making it for the first time in school history last season.
This trip looked unlikely, especially with eight seconds left in the quarterfinals.
But Paige Williams, who had gone 0-for-7, drained a 3-pointer from the corner that the Karr gym into a frenzy and sent the game into overtime. Karr, a No. 4 seed, went on to defeat No. 5 Bastrop 59-52.
If Williams’ shot missed, it would have been the end of her high school career. But instead, she, along with senior starters Imani Mulmore and Zharian Maxmillion, get a chance to give the Cougars their first ever state title.
URSULINE: The Lions made it to Hammond despite being a No. 8 seed. They are the lowest seeded team among all the 28 teams there. They are also perhaps the youngest. Williams’ starting lineup consists of three sophomores, a freshman and an eighth-grader. But that didn’t stop Kourtney Weber, Brooklyn Mitchell and Co. from their magical ride through the playoffs that included knocking off top-seeded St. Thomas More in the quarterfinals.
Now Ursuline plays Karr in an all-New Orleans semifinal on Thursday at 1 p.m. It guarantees at least one New Orleans school will be in the Class 4A championship game.
With such a young team, don’t be surprised if Ursuline is back at the Top 28 for the next few years.
We may be counting on them to keep the streak alive.