What better way to end an exciting regular season of high school girls basketball then to have two Midcoast rivals — both with playoff berths solidified — meet in an exciting, competitive postseason tuneup.

Host Oceanside and Medomak Valley did not disappoint on Thursday night, Feb. 8 as the opponents combined for 131 points before the Mariners pulled out a 71-60 victory in the final game of the regular season.

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Now the teams will see how far they can advance in the regional playoffs, with one being forced to make a long trip to Aroostook County for a prelim playoff encounter on Tuesday, Feb. 13, while the other earned a trip directly to the tournament site next weekend.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (11-7) finished sixth, while Hampen Academy (16-2) ended first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualified for the playoffs.

Thus, No. 6 Medomak Valley will face No. 3 Messalonskee of Oakland (12-6) on Friday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game at the Augusta Civic Center. In the teams lone regular-season encounter, Messalonskee beat Medomak Valley 45-44 in Waldoboro.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (9-9) finished ninth, while Hermon (16-2) ended first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualified for the playoffs.

Thus, the No. 9 Mariners will play at No. 8 Caribou (8-10) on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in a prelim playoff game. The winner of that contest will play No. 1 Hermon on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3:05 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The Mariners do not play Caribou during the regular season, but faced Hermon twice, losing both times — 51-31 and 44-40. To earn that coveted spot in Bangor and a third meeting with the Hawks this season, Oceanside must first make a 240-mile, four-and-a-half-hour trip to Aroostook County to play, and beat, the Vikings.

In Thursday's regular-season finale, the game proved competitive throughout, as the visiting Panthers held the upper hand early, as they led 16-8 after one quarter. However, the hosts stormed back to take a 33-29 halftime lead and 46-44 edge after three.

A couple of 25-point quarters aided the Mariners' victory, as they scored 25 points in the second and fourth stanzas. The Panthers were fairly consistent in their scoring with two 16- , a 15- and a 13-point quarter.

Leading the charge for the Mariners were Hope Butler and Gabby Simmons with 18 points; Kalli Grover, 10; Abby Veilleux, eight; Kassidy Robinson and Sara Dorr, six; Raechel Joyce, three; and Hannah Moholland, two.

Oceanside netted 14-of-20 free throws (70 percent) and buried five 3-pointers, two from Veilleux and one from Joyce, Butler and Simmons.

Simmons and Butler proved pivotal down the stretch as Butler finished with 12 points and Simmons six in the final eight minutes. Simmons also scored 10 points in the second stanza.

In the fourth, the Mariners netted 9-of-14 foul shots (64 percent), as Simmons iced 4-of-5, Butler 3-of-5 and Grover 2-of-2.

For Medomak Valley, Gabby DePatsy proved a one-woman wrecking crew as she poured in 27 points and connected on an impressive six 3-pointers.

Lydia Simmons added 11 points; Hallie Kunesh and Cheyenne Nash, six; Sadie Cohen, four; and Abby Lash and Paige Powell, three.

The Panthers netted 6-of-10 foul shots (60 percent) and drilled 10 treys, six from DePatsy, two from Kunesh and one from Nash and Powell.

DePatsy scored nine points in the first quarter, all on treys, five in the second, four in the third and nine in the fourth. All of Simmons' points came in the second half.

Additionally, for the Mariners statistically, Butler (2 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals), Dorr (6 rebounds), Grover (8 rebounds, 2 assists), Robinson (3 rebounds), Simmons (4 assists) led the way.

For the Panthers, Lash (4 rebounds), DePatsy (6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Kunesh (3 assists), Kayla Donlin (3 rebounds, 2 assists), Simmons (8 rebounds) and Cohen (6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals) had key contributions.

"[This] was one of the best games we have played all season," said Oceanside coach Sam Bragg. "I felt the girls came ready to play and didn't get discouraged when we went down early in that first quarter. They really stuck to our game plan and played great defensively as a team. Gabby Simmons shined brightly during her senior game on both ends of the floor and I was very happy with her senior leadership late in the fourth quarter.

"Medomak [Valley] is a good team, and we knew we would have to do all the little things well in order to beat them. I felt we limited them to one shot on most possessions and didn't turn the ball over against their fullcourt pressure."