In its final home game of the 2009-10 season, the Searsport District High School girls basketball squad faced off against Bangor Christian Thursday night. While the Vikings ultimately lost, before the contest, a ceremony was held to recognize the SDHS seniors for their efforts in leading the program to its most successful season in years.

This year’s Vikings (3-13) halted a 57-game losing streak — the team had been saddled with for more than three seasons — with a 30-25 victory over Sumner of East Sullivan. The Vikings previous most recent regular-season victory before that came in a 54-52 decision over Deer Isle-Stonington Dec. 13, 2006.

SDHS went on to win two more games this year against Deer Isle-Stonington and Katahdin. They also played more competitively in many other games, with fewer lopsided outcomes against the top foes on the schedule. The Vikings have two remaining regular-season games.

Before Thursday’s contest, Viking seniors Katherine Cotter, Olivia Quigley and Sara Bradshaw were given flowers, which they, in turn, gave to their families to thank them for their support. A quick word was said in appreciation and the game began.

Unfortunately for the seniors, the Vikings lost their final home game 36-25 to visiting Bangor Christian.

After the first quarter, Searsport led 6-4. At halftime, Bangor Christian (13-2) took a 17-16 lead and secured a 21-19 edge after the third stanza.

Searsport currently is 16th (11.3580 Heal Points) in the Eastern Class C region. Foxcroft Academy (12-3, 107.8704 points) is first. The Vikings’ home record this winter is 3-6.

On Thursday, Quigley and Bradshaw took the lead for their team and scored eight points each. They were followed by Meagan Parker, Cassie Martin, Shannon Higgins and Brooke Bagley, all with two; and Kristie Smith, one.

For the visiting Patriots, Emma Johnson led with 19 points, followed by Meredith Bean with six; Katherine Bragg, three; and Kristin Dillon, two.

The Vikings were 3-of-4 (75 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Patriots were 15-of-25 (60 percent).

Throughout the first half and into the third quarter the two teams kept each other in check. Neither the Vikings nor the Patriots could take a decisive lead and scoring was somewhat slow.

However, in the fourth quarter, the Patriots picked up their overall performance. Despite Searsport’s best efforts at containing their opponent, the Vikings only managed to hold the Patriots off in the first half of the final quarter.

The Patriots pushed through 15 points to Searsport’s six in the final eight minutes. They also made 13-of-16 foul shots (81 percent) in the last quarter to get over the hump for a victory.

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Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.