ROCKPORT — One game was up for grabs until the fourth quarter and, in the other, the hosts started fast and ended strongly as Midcoast athletic rivals Camden Hills and Medomak Valley worked hard baseline-to-baseline to forge a split of an early-week high school basketball doubleheader.

In the first contest on Tuesday night, Jan. 24, the boys played a tight, competitive affair. In fact, after back-and-forth action to start, the host Windjammers controlled play for a bit before the Panthers of Waldoboro clawed back, especially in the third quarter, to secure a 75-64 win.

Camden Hills’ Bailey Curtis, left, and Medomak Valley’s Sara Nelson, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the second game, the Windjammers stormed out of the gate, withstood a Panther push and then the hosts finished with a flurry en route to a 50-36 win.

The games pitted Class A North Camden Hills against Class B South Medomak Valley.

Earlier this season, the Panther boys bested the Windjammers 71-58, while the Windjammers girls prevailed over MVHS 58-51.

Medomak Valley’s Kory Donlin, left, and Camden Hills’ Hollis Schwalm. Photo by Ken Waltz

In the playoff picture, the four area squads appear, at this point, in solid positions in their regions as they make final pushes down the stretch to realize postseason dreams.

In boys game, Medomak Valley led 13-11 after one quarter and trailed 31-28 at halftime. Then the visitors pushed the envelope with a 30-19 spurt in the third for a 58-50 edge at the break. That paved the way for the final eight minutes as the Panthers kept the Windjammers at arm’s-length.

Medomak Valley’s Maya Cannon, right, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

Kory Donlin tallied 22 points for the Panthers, while Gabe Lash added 14; Finn Parmley, 13; Blake Morrison, 12; Kevin Sincyr, nine; and Jaiden Starr, five. The visitors made 20-of-28 free throws (71 percent) and Donlin connected on two three-pointers and Sincyr one.

For Camden Hills, Nolan Ames dumped in 20 points; Will Duke, 17; Westen DeWaard, 12; Owen Reynolds, eight; Hollis Schwalm, three; and Evan Kimble and Ben Tohancyzn, two. The Windjammers netted 12-of-14 foul shots (86 percent) and made a whopping 10 triples — four from Ames, two from Reynolds and Duke, and one from Schwalm and DeWaard.

Camden Hills’ Will Duke, middle, along with Medomak Valley’s Kevin Sincyr, left, and Jaiden Starr. Photo by Ken Waltz

Additionally, Parmley (8 rebounds), Lash (9 rebounds, 5 assists), Donlin (8 rebounds) and Starr (6 steals, 5 assists) were statistical leaders for the Panthers. Duke (3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots), Owen Berez (2 rebounds), Reynolds (2 steals), Ames (2 rebounds), DeWaard (4 deflections) and Tobancyzn (3 blocks) keyed the Windjammers.

In the girls game, the Windjammers sailed from their safe harbor in a dash and never allowed the Panthers to fully get back in the game. The opponents played aggressive all-around defense and consistently scored when the opportunity arose.

Camden Hills led 15-4, 32-14 and 43-24 at the quarter breaks.

Medomak Valley’s Kytana Williamson, left, and Camden Hills’ Leah Jones. Photo by Ken Waltz

For the Windjammers, Leah Snyder scored 13 points and hit two quick three-pointers in the first quarter to get the hosts rolling. She ended with three treys. Kirsten Jones, Leah Jones, Rose Tohanczyn and River Bell tallied eight points and Bailey Curtis four. The hosts made 7-of-11 foul shots (64 percent) and the Joneses made one.

For the Panthers, Kytana Williamson tallied 19 points; while Addison McCormick added six; Maya Canon, four; Haley Puchalski and Chelsea Sykes, two; and Audrey Jackson, one. Medomak Valley made 5-of-14 foul shots (36 percent) and Williamson had the team’s lone trey.

Additionally for the Windjammers, Amelia Johnson (2 assists), Curtis (6 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals), Kirsten Jones (3 rebounds, 2 steals), Leah Jones (2 steals), Snyder (4 rebounds, 2 assists), Bell (9 rebounds, 2 assists) and Tohanczyn (4 rebounds) were leaders.

For the Panthers, McCormick (5 rebounds), Jackson (3 rebounds, 3 steals), Puchalski (2 rebounds, 2 assists), Williamson (6 rebounds, 5 steals), Cannon (7 rebounds) and Sara Nelson (6 steals) led the charge.

The game also included three of the scrappiest, quickest on-the-ball defenders in the area in Williamson, Nelson and Snyder.