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Episcopal a rising powe

    
The Maroon continue to impress with back-to-back wins over Georgetown Prep and Landon last week, two of the hottest teams in the region. 
    
Despite head coach Jim Fitzpatricks concerns facing the then-second-ranked Landon squad and a rising Georgetown Prep team, the Maroon prevailed. They trumped the Hoyas 62-42 and then narrowly skinned the Bears 65-61 last weekend. 
    
The pair of wins elevated Episcopal to the two-spot in the Posts weekly power rankings and puts them at 11-1. 
    
The Maroon take on St. Albans at 6 p.m., January 20.

Despite weather, T.C. running hot 
    
Winter weather is wreaking as much havoc on T.C. Williams schedule as the Titans are against their opponents on the court. 
    
A matchup with West Potomac was postponed Tuesday night after a wintry mix left the region coated in a thin layer of ice. Despite the chilly weather, the undefeated Titans are red hot, taking their win streak to 11 with a 68-45 victory over Lee last week. 
    
At 8-0, the Titans remain ranked No. 15 in the Washington Posts weekly poll. 
    
T.C. takes its winning ways to West Springfield next, facing the Spartans at 7:30 p.m., January 21. Rescheduled for January 19, the Titans game against West Potomac falls after deadline and will be covered in next weeks edition.

Saints’ slide continues
    
There was a brief glimmer of hope when St. Stephens and St. Agnes topped Bullis, 60-57, last week to break a four game losing streak. 
    
But it didnt last. 
    
The 8-6 Saints followed the victory with a 52-48 loss to basketball powerhouse Landon January 14 and then fell again, 60-46, to Benedictine a day later. Despite a strong start to the season, the Saints have struggled to gain a toehold in the New Year, losing four out of five games so far this month.
    
The Saints turn their attention to St. Albans next, taking on the Bulldogs at 3 p.m., January 22. From there, SSSAS will take the court against another top-ranked program, facing cross-town rival Episcopal at 6 p.m., January 25.

Ireton stays static 
    
Bishop Iretons 8-8 basketball squad was among those with nothing to do Tuesday after mix of snow and sleet kept them from facing St. Marys Ryken.
    
Still, the cancellation broke up the Cardinals current five game losing streak, a run that harkens back to their first game of the New Year against McNamara. Good Counsel, 5-12 on the season, handed Ireton their most recent loss in a 72-59 drubbing January 16. 
    
While their rendezvous with St. Marys Ryken has yet to be rescheduled, the Cardinals face Paul VI Catholic at 7:30 p.m., January 19 and then Gonzaga at 7:30 p.m., January 21.

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