The Searsport girls basketball team, on the outside looking in on the Class C North playoff picture, needs all the help it can get as the regular season winds down if it wants to play its way into the postseason.

Unfortunately, the Vikings’ chances were not helped on Wednesday night, Jan. 25 against visiting Piscataquis of Guilford.

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The Pirates made the Vikings walk the plank on Wednesday — holding the hosts to only one field goal in the second and third quarters combined — as they pulled away early in the second half to surge to a 45-21 high school court win.

The squads were tied 8-8 in the early going, but the Pirates went on an 8-1 run in the second quarter to take a 20-9 halftime lead. PCHS then took a 35-21 advantage after three quarters.

Mikaela Alley led the hosts with an eight-point effort, while Casey Snow added six; Audrey Walker and Sarah Gent, two; and Makenzie Alley, one.

Erin Speed paced Piscataquis with 15 points, while Alivia Hunt added 13; Bailey Lemieux, five; Lexi Rowell, four; and Olivia Riitano, Hope Adkins, Morgan Lemieux and Ingred Halvorsen, two.

The Vikings were 6-of-14 (43 percent) from the foul line, while the Pirates were 6-of-11 (54 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (5-7, 13.5802 points) is 16th, while Houlton (12-0, 117.5926 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Grant ceremony

Barrett Grant, a 2017 Searsport District High School graduate and three-sport athletic standout, was honored at halftime of the game for being the Courier Publications/VillageSoup 2016-17 schoolboy athlete of the year.

Grant, who starred in baseball, basketball and soccer, was presented a specially-made "varsity" jacket for his accomplishment. Grant, a lobster fisherman, also is an assistant coach for the Viking boys hoop team this season.

The jacket was presented by Mark Haskell, Courier Publications/VillageSoup associate sports director.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.