The first round of the playoffs helped separate contenders from pretenders across the area. Our rankings’ top five teams won, but there were a handful of upsets after that.
Gonzaga avenged a regular season loss at Good Counsel to advance to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference final against archnemesis St. John’s. The Eagles are up to No. 6; the Falcons drop to No. 16. In Virginia, Madison lost its regular season finale to Centreville but won the playoff rematch to move into the top 10. In Maryland, Eleanor Roosevelt beat C.H. Flowers to jump from No. 19 to No. 11.