To start the seasons, the Searsport basketball teams came out of the gates like shot from cannons.

The Viking boys rattled off three straight victories — with two of the those games at home — and the girls earned victories in three of four contests — in fact, the Vikings only defeat was a two-point loss at home to Deer Isle-Stonington.

The Vikings took their hot starts back to the hardwood on Thursday night, Dec. 20 against the Patriots of Bangor Christian, as the girls used a steady offensive attack to prevail 34-17, while the host boys comeback bid fell short 49-44.

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The following is a recap of both contests:

Girls basketball

Searsport 34, Bangor Christian 17

At Searsport Dec. 20, the Vikings took control after a slow start for both squads.

The Vikings led 5-2, 13-5 and 25-11 at the quarter breaks.

Mikaela Alley led Searsport with nine points, while Makenzie Alley added seven; Abby Stemp, six; Sarah Gent, five; Casey Snow, three; and Emma Spiegel and Ashten Wells, two.

Rebekah Vadas keyed the Patriots with nine points, while Briana Keib chipped in with four; and Emily Wilber and Syndey Tozer, two.

The Vikings were 6-of-13 (46 percent) from the foul line, while the Patriots were 5-of-14 (35 percent).

Searsport made four treys, as Stemp led with two, while Gent and Mikaela Alley added one. Bangor Christian did not make a 3-pointer.

The game was  sloppy to start, as the squads committed numerous turnovers.

Searsport got its offensive momentum started in the second quarter, as Mikaela Alley scored five of the team's eight points, including swishing home a shot from behind the arc.

After halftime the Vikings offensive train got chugging, as Searsport scored 12 points in the quarter, led by Makenzie Alley's five points, and Stemp's first trey of the night.

The Vikings kept the defensive and offensive pressure up in the final stanza as they added nine more points to their total, while the hots held the Patriots to six points, and 12 points in the second half.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (4-1, 5.4938 points) is sixth, while Dexter (4-0, 8.7654 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams make the playoffs.

Boys basketball

Bangor Christian 49, Searsport 44

At Searsport Dec. 20, the Patriots held off a late Vikings' charge for their first win of the season.

Bangor Christian led 16-8, 29-16 and 35-25 at the quarter breaks.

Josh Wright paced Searsport with 12 points, while Isaiah Runci added 10 points — all in the fourth quarter; Colby Snow, nine; Aaron Wiley, eight; George Dakin, three; and Toby Kroening, two.

Brady Reed led the Patriots, and all scorers, with 23 points, while Robbie DeRoche added 10; Gabe Nason, eight; David Stanley, six; and Parker Shaw, two.

The Vikings were 4-of-6 (66 percent) from the foul line, while Bangor Christian was 14-of-27 (51 percent).

Wright led Searsport with four 3-pointers, while Wiley added two and Dakin splashed one. The Patriots made five treys, as Reed hit four, and DeRoche made one.

The Patriots started the game with five points, but then watched as their lead vanished when the Vikings went on an 8-0 run.

The Searsport advantage was short-lived, as the Vikings did not score another point until the 3:54-mark of the second quarter, when Snow hit a 3-pointer.

The damage was done at that point, as the Patriots went on an 18-0 run to go up 23-11.

The Vikings never quit, though, and went on an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter to cut their deficit to single-digits, and continued to cut the Patriots' lead.

Searsport turned too fouls to make Bangor Christian earn its points at the charity stripe, and keep the clock stationary.

With less than a minute left, Runci capitalized on an open layup — two of his 10 points in the quarter — to make the score 45-42 with 42 seconds left.

The Vikings fouled Nason, who made both free throws, and pushed the Patriots' lead back to five.

Runci hit another shot off the backboard, which brought Searsport within three points, with less than 30 seconds to play.

Bangor Christian turned the ball over on the inbounds, which gave Searsport the ball in its own end with 24 seconds remaining. However, the Vikings turned the ball over.

Nason was fouled intentionally, which gave the Patriots two foul shots and the ball. Nason made 1-of-2 at the line.

Then Reed was fouled, but missed the free throws. The Patriots grabbed the offensive rebound as time expired.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class C North, Searsport (3-1, 3.8966 points) is sixth, while Houlton (4-1, 9.6914 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams make the playoffs.