The Oceanside and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield girls basketball teams were nearly spitting images of one another, in terms of player heights and skill sets, and the Mariners and Huskies played as such during the course of the season.

The third, and final, meeting of the winter came in a Class B North prelim playoff contest, and the No. 9 Huskies held off a late charge from the No. 8 Mariners 50-48 on Tuesday night, Feb. 12 to earn a coveted trip to Bangor and the regional tournament site.

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Oceanside beat MCI twice during the regular season, 42-28 on Jan. 17 in Pittsfield and 66-55 in overtime on Feb. 1 in Rockland.

There is an adage that states it is tough for one team to beat another three times in the same season. That held true for the Mariners against the Huskies on Tuesday.

With the victory, MCI (10-9) moves on to the quarterfinals, where the Huskies will play No. 1 Mount Desert Island (16-2) of Bar Harbor on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 4:35 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Oceanside capped its season at 7-12. The Mariners had lost twice to the Trojans this season — 51-31 and 44-38.

Tuesday's playoff game kept spectators, players and coaches on their toes, with lead changes littered throughout the 32-minute affair, but MCI had the lead when it mattered, namely, when the final buzzer sounded.

Oceanside led 8-5 at the end of the first quarter, as MCI pulled ahead 21-20 at halftime, and 34-32 at the end of the third stanza.

"I thought we played well," said Oceanside coach Sam Bragg. "I thought at times we struggled to score, which, obviously, isn't helpful, but overall I thought we played well. Kids stepped up when they needed too. Not having Molly [Gould] to go full strength was tough, but Abby [Veilleux] and Chloe [Jones] stepped up well, so that's all you can ask for."

Oceanside trailed 47-41 with 1:21 to play and cut the Huskies' lead to five when Butler and Joyce made layups, followed by Joyce coming off a screen to hit a huge 3-pointer to tie the game 48-48.

The Mariners then trailed MCI 49-48 with 12.8 seconds to play, after MCI's Christa Carr hit the back-end of two free throws.

Butler brought the ball up, and found Joyce, but Joyce's shot was contested and fell short as MCI grabbed the rebound, and was fouled, to stop the clock with one second left.

Carr made 1-of-2 free throws, intentionally missing the second to run out the clock once the Mariners touched the ball.

"The girls ran [the last play] to a 'T,' " Bragg said. "It was to get Raechel [Joyce] the ball for a three, and that's what they did."

Butler and Joyce paced the Mariners with 15 points, while Grace Woodman chipped in nine; Veilleux, six; and Sara Dorr, three. Joyce connected on three treys.

Sara Linkletter led the Huskies with 22 points, while Sydney Farrar scored 13; Danielle Dow, eight; and Carr, seven. Linkletter drilled four 3-pointers.

Oceanside was 3-of-7 (42 percent) at the free-throw line, while the Huskies were 15-of-21 (71 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Mariners came out of halftime ready to play,  as they opened the third quarter on an 8-2 run to take a five-point lead, with 5:48 to go.

From there, the Huskies offense turned on the switch, as they outscored the Mariners 19-6 to take a 42-34 lead, which stretched to the 3:35-mark of the fourth quarter.

"We got into a little foul trouble [in the third quarter], and I thought that got to us a little more mentally than anything else," Bragg said. [The girls] got a little frustrated there, and didn't really come out it."

Oceanside did, however, come out of it, as the hosts outscored the visitors 14-6 to tie the game late.

Joyce hit a three, Woodman made two free throws, then Joyce corralled an offensive rebound and put the ball in the hoop as she was fouled, but missed the foul shot to cap a 7-0 run. 

The Mariners will lose seniors Buter, Veilleux, Jones, Kalli Grover, Joyce and Dorr to graduation.