The first half of the season-opening high school girls basketball game between Searsport and Bucksport on Friday night, Dec. 7 looked as if the opponents needed to still shake off pesky preseason rust.

The teams clanged their share of iron and committed numerous turnovers as neither the Vikings nor Golden Bucks could establish any rhythm on offense or defense.

And while the foes scored with more frequency throughout the final 16 minutes, it was the Vikings who got white hot from the field midway through the fourth quarter and rode that momentum to a 48-34 victory.

The Vikings then went on to drop a 41-39 decision to Deer Isle-Stonington Monday, Dec. 10.

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In Friday's season opener, Bucksport scored the first nine points of the game and led 9-5 after the first quarter and 15-13 at halftime, while the squads were knotted 29-29 at the end of three quarters.

Mikaela Alley led Searsport with a 22-point performance, while Makenzie Alley added 11; Ashten Wells, eight; Abby Stemp, three; and Sarah Gent and Casey Snow, two.

Kaylee Gray led Bucksport with 12 points, while Alexis Leeman added eight; Madison Frazier, five; Faith Vincent, four; and Riley Buonopane, two.

The Vikings finished 6-of-10 (60 percent) from the foul line, while the Golden Bucks were 5-of-15 (33 percent).

After Bucksport took a 9-0 lead, Searsport responded with an eight-point run — all of which came from Mikaela Alley — on a 3-pointer in the first and second quarters in addition to another close-range bucket.

The squads battled back and forth over the next two stanzas, though the Golden Bucks took their biggest lead at 23-16 midway through the third after 3-pointers by Leeman and Vincent and a long jumper by Leeman after a Searsport backcourt violation.

But, the Vikings battled back to tie the score at the end of three quarters.

Leeman put the Golden Bucks up by two points quickly with a baseline jumper early in the final stanza, but the Vikings seized control from that point to the tune of a 13-0 run as the hosts kicked it into cruise control.

Mikaela Alley netted a pair of foul shots to tie the game 31-31, while Wells made her presence felt on the next few Searsport possessions.

Wells split a pair of Bucksport defenders for a nifty layup to give Searsport the lead, and moments later made a steal at midcourt, which resulted in an offensive putback by Makenzie Alley.

Wells scored on a runner to put the hosts ahead 37-31, while Makenzie Alley swished a trey from the wing to give the suddenly-surging Vikings a nine-point advantage with 5:25 to play.

An offensive putback by Snow gave the hosts their largest lead to that point at 42-31. Bucksport got no closer the rest of the way.