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B1 Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Pet Losing proposition B8 Hoops dreams B9 Washington High's Trajon Brown goes up for a shot in Friday night's win over Jefferson. The Patriots continue play on Friday night at By ZACH CUMBERLAND CHARLES TOWN -- The Washington High boys basketball team won two straight games in the past week as they faced a tough matchup with Martinsburg on Tuesday after press time. The Patriots were 2=7 overall before getting a big win over Jefferson on Friday night and then responded with another win over the Hampshire Tro- jans on Saturday. The two wins lifted Washington's conference record to 2-2 before Tuesday night's game against the Bulldogs (9-3). The main key to Washington's two wins has come on the defensive side of the ball. The Patriots held Jefferson to 48 points and held Hampshire to just 61 on Saturday in Romney. "We can score, but the problem isn't scoring," said Washington coach Alex Feliu. "The problem is stopping guys. Once we start dedicating our- selves to the defensive end and being more physical on our box outs, the game will become so much easier. "There's a reason why Martinsburg, Musselman and Hedgesville have so much success -- they're smart defensive teams. We're just not there yet. We're nowhere close to being there yet." Washington had won three of its last five heading into the matchup with Martinsburg Tuesday night. The Patriots will also have to play Eastern Panhandle Conference leader Musselman this Friday night on the road. The Applemen are now 3-0 in the conference after their 74-58 win over Martinsburg last Friday. Feliu said Washington's tough non-conference schedule prepared his team for the EPAC slate, including some close losses that could've gone either way. The Patriots lost to Martinsburg in their first matchup earlier this season. "Going to play in Washington D.C. was tough," Feliu said. "Especially when we could've won one or two close games. We were embarrassed See PATRIOTS Page B2 Washington High's Gavin Megonigal reaches for a Julian Hough on Friday night, steal ZACH CUMBERLAND Musselman. ZACH CUMBERLAND against Jefferson's SWiMMiNG C By ZACH CUMBERLAND sports@ . SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The Washington boys and the Jeffer- son girls swim teams came away with wins at the Eastern Panhan- dle Athletic Conference meet on Saturday. The Washington boys over- took Jefferson, 168.5 to 168, to come out just ahead in the over- all team scoring. The rest of the boys scoring finished up with Musselman in third place with 61.5 points, then it was Hedges- ville with 56, Martinsburg at 38 and Spring Mills at 26, all came in fourth through sixth place. The Patriots started things off with a win in the 200 medley. Washington teammates Lucas Costello, Kyle Carson, Eric Mc- Claflin and Patrick Burke fin- ished in one minute and 50 sec- onds for the win. Chris Turner picked up a win in the 200 free with a time of two minutes, and Carson came in at 2:09, then it was Cory Thoma- son at 24.57 and Costello in at 57.10 gave the Patriots wins in the 200 individual medley, the 50 free and the 100 butterfly. Cooper Hanson came in first in the 100 free at 52.55, then Carson earned first in the 500 free with a time of 5:19. Ethan Gottleib, Logan Rolfe, Turner and Hanson finished at 1:41 in first-place in the 200 free relay for Jefferson. Costello and McClaflin picked up wins in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke finishing with times of one minute and 1:10. Thomason, Costello, Mc- Claflin and Carson won for the Washington boys with a first place finish in the 400 free re- lay at 3:34. The Jefferson girls finished up a solid day by taking home the EPAC title as well on Saturday. The Cougars finished the day with 175 points, while Washing- ton earned second with 104. Musselman came in with 95 points, Hedgesville came in at 91, Martinsburg at 34 and Spring Mills at 18 finished up third through sixth. For Jefferson, Maya Garcia, Lily Simmons, Kate Hefner and Elle Colbert came together to finish first in the 200 medley relay at 2:06. Simmons came in at 2:28 with a victory in the 200 IM. Sofija Lotze, Sierra Knott, Hefner and Garcia came in first in the 200 free relay at 1:52 to give Jefferson another win. Sim- mons finished up with a title in the 100 breaststroke at 1:17. Lo- tze, Garcia, Audrey Davis and Simmons also combined for a win the 400 free relay. Additionally, Washington coach Chris Payne and Mus- selman coach Mindy Hull both took home EPAC boys and girls coach of the year honors. There is another week before the Class AAA, Region II meet gets un- derway.