During the opening week of the new year, McNamara made clear it is the area’s best girls’ basketball team. The Mustangs beat previously undefeated Paul VI before topping New Jersey power Trenton Catholic Academy. Coach Frank Oliver’s squad is undefeated against local teams.

McNamara and the rest of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference contenders’ path to the league title became more difficult last weekend, though. Two-time All-Met Player of the Year Azzi Fudd returned for St. John’s after suffering a serious knee injury in April. The junior scored 18 points in her debut, a win against Bishop Ireton on Friday.

Elsewhere, Pallotti and Madison climbed the rankings after strong performances in their holiday tournaments.

1. McNamara (13-3) Last ranked: 3

Two days after taking down Paul VI, the Mustangs beat Trenton Catholic Academy (N.J.).

2. Paul VI (13-2) LR: 1

The Panthers are on a two-game losing streak after falling to McNamara and Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.).

3. Pallotti (10-3) LR: 6

After beating Riverdale Baptist in the Title IX Classic, the Panthers fell to Ohio power Newark.

4. Riverdale Baptist (13-3) LR: 2

The Crusaders beat Morris Catholic (N.J.) but fell to St. John Vianney (N.J.).

5. New Hope (13-6) LR: 4

The Tigers started the new year strong, beating Lincoln Prep (Ontario) and Westtown (Pa.).

6. Madison (13-0) LR: 9

Amalia and Tedi Makrigiorgos combined for 22 points in the Warhawks’ 55-30 win over Yorktown.

7. O’Connell (11-2) LR: 10

Forward Ajia James scored 16 points in the Knights’ 87-31 win over Holy Cross.

8. Elizabeth Seton (10-2) LR: 11

The Roadrunners opened the new year with a 75-40 win over Good Counsel.

9. Sidwell Friends (8-3) LR: 7

Following a loss to Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (Pa.), the Quakers beat St. Rose (N.J.).

10. National Christian (12-5) LR: 8

The Eagles won back-to-back games over the weekend against Cathedral (Mass.) and Central Bucks West (Pa.).

11. St. John’s (8-3) LR: 12

With star Azzi Fudd back, the Cadets held on for a 32-31 win Sunday over Rutgers Prep (N.J.).

12. C.H. Flowers (7-1) LR: 5

After a loss to Madison at the Title IX Classic, the Jaguars defeated Eleanor Roosevelt for the second time this season.

13. Old Mill (7-0) LR: 14

The Patriots continued to control Anne Arundel County with a 63-52 win over Glen Burnie.

14. Stone Ridge (9-2) LR: 15

Guard Chetanna Nweke had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Gators’ 65-59 win over St. Paul’s.

15. Howard (9-0) LR: 16

The Lions won their tournament with a 49-47 victory over South River.

16. Churchill (7-1) LR: 13

Guard Brittini Martin scored 22 points in the Bulldogs’ 74-26 win over Einstein.

17. Great Mills (9-0) LR: 18

The Hornets have had little trouble against Southern Maryland Athletic Conference teams.

18. Maret (7-3) LR: 20

Guard Page Greenburg posted 17 points and five assists in the Frogs’ 68-47 win over Carroll.

19. Dunbar (12-2) LR: 17

The Crimson Tide allowed just three points against School Without Walls.

20. South River (7-1) LR: Not ranked

The Seahawks’ only loss came against No. 15 Howard by two points.

Dropped out: No. 19 River Hill (6-2)

On the bubble: Reservoir (6-1), Chantilly (8-2), West Springfield (9-2), Edison (6-4)