As regular-season games wind to a precious few, the Oceanside and Waterville girls basketball teams stepped on the court on Saturday night, Jan. 27 with valuable tournament Heal Points and important spots in the  Class B North standings on the line.

Before the game, the Mariners and Purple Panthers were close in the standings, as both clung to postseason spots. Thus, there was a good chance the late-season court battle would be competitive. And, as it turns out, it was.

The contest was tied 39-39 with two minutes left in the fourth quarter when the visitors used a 6-2 end-of-game burst to pull out a 45-41 victory.

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In the end, the visitors simply made a few more plays down the stretch to secure the win

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (7-8, 36.0494 points) is 10th and Waterville (9-5, 38.2716 points) ninth, while Hermon (14-1, 97.2222 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

On Saturday, Waterville led 10-7, 28-20 and 33-26 at the quarter breaks.

For the Mariners, Grace Woodman tossed in 12 points on four 3-pointers, while Hope Butler nine points; Gabby Simmons, eight; Sara Dorr, four; Kassidy Robinson and Kalli Grover, three; and Hannah Moholland, two.

Oceanside connected on 13-of-20 free throws (65 percent). All of the hosts' treys came from Woodman.

Additionally, Abby Veilleux (5 rebounds), Simmons (8 rebounds, 2 assists), Woodman (5 rebounds, 3 steals), Robinson (2 rebounds, 2 blocked shots), Grover (3 rebounds, 2 assists) and Dorr (7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks) were strong statistically.

For the visiting Purple Panthers, Paige St. Pierre netted 10 points; Jayda Murray, nine;  Abby Saucier, six; Sadie Garling, five; Lindsay Given and Maddie Martin, four; and Mackenzie St. Pierre, three.

Waterville netted 14-of-26 (54 percent) and three 3-pointers — from Martin, Garling and Saucier.

The Mariners were hampered by the loss of Moholland, who injured her left ankle during the game and was unavailable for the crucial portions of the second half.