What better way to kick off the start of the Midcoast high school basketball season than a pair of games between four of the area’s most ardent athletic rivals?

Oceanside and Medomak Valley tipped off their campaigns on back-to-back nights over the weekend on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10 as gymnasiums in Waldoboro and Rockland reverberated with a playoff-like atmosphere — in the campaigns first games.

Oceanside’s Renee Ripley, left, and Aubri Hoose, right, along with Medomak Valley’s Audrey Jackson. Photo by Mark Haskell

Video from boys game will appear later with this story.

The end result was a pair of victories for the Mariners as the boys netted a hard-fought, 64-59 win over the Panthers on Saturday in Rockland, while the girls emerged with a 47-35 win over the Panthers on Friday in Waldoboro.

Medomak Valley’s Gabe Lash (22) and Oceanside’s Alex Collins. Photo by Mark Haskell

For the Mariner girls — defending state Class B champions — it was their 34th straight victory spanning to the 2020-21 season.

The following is a recap of those contests:

Boys

Oceanside held advantages of 19-16, 32-30 and 50-48 at the quarter breaks, though Medomak Valley led by as many as six points in the second half.

Oceanside’s Alex Collins, left, and Medomak Valley’s Kevin Sincyr. Photo by Mark Haskell

Cohen Galley scored 18 points to lead the host Mariners on Saturday, while twin brother Carter Galley tossed in 17; Alex Collins, 12; Alex Bartlett, nine; Zeb Foster, five; and Ben Tripp, three.

Oceanside canned 11 treys on the night — Cohen Galley four, Carter Galley and Bartlett three and Tripp one — and netted 9-of-13 (69 percent) free throws.

Oceanside’s Zeb Foster. Photo by Mark Haskell

Bartlett also grabbed seven rebounds, while Carter Galley finished with five rebounds and four steals; Cohen Galley, seven assists; and Collins, three steals, for the Mariners.

Gabe Lash netted a game-high 20 points to pace the visiting Panthers, while Blake Morrison added 13; Finn Parmley, 11; Kory Donlin, six; Kevin Sincyr, five; and Jaiden Starr, four.

Medomak Valley’s Finn Parmley, middle, along with Oceanside’s Zeb Foster (1) and Alex Collins. Photo by Mark Haskell

Medomak Valley also connected on 11 three-pointers — Lash four, Morrison three, Parmley two and Donlin and Sincyr one — and converted 10-of-18 (56 percent) foul shots.

Lash and Parmley added eight boards and Sincyr six assists for the Panthers, who also lost the turnover battle 21-8.

Medomak Valley’s Kory Donlin, left, and Oceanside’s Zeb Foster. Photo by Mark Haskell

It was a three-point barrage for the foes as 11 of Medomak Valley’s 19 made field goals were from beyond the arc and Oceanside 11 of their 22 makes, while the teams combined for 15 treys in the game’s first 16 minutes.

The Mariners led by as many as six points in the first half — including a 19-13 lead late in the first quarter after Carter Galley came around a screen and buried a trey in the corner — while the Panthers held a brief 27-24 edge midway through the second after a three-pointer by Parmley.

Oceanside, which led by two at halftime, took its largest lead in the opening moments of the third after a short jumper in the paint by Carter Galley and a trey from Cohen Galley to give the hosts a 37-30 edge.

However, the Panthers responded with a 15-4 run — including seven straight after a layup and trey from Morrison and two foul shots by Starr — to take a 47-41 lead with 3:29 to go in the stanza.

Not to be outdone, the Mariners closed the quarter on a 9-1 run, including a Cohen Galley trey to beat the buzzer to give the hosts the advantage.

Medomak Valley quickly knotted the score in the fourth after a Starr offensive putback, but Oceanside was able to slow the game and went 8-of-11 from the foul line down the stretch to hold on.

Girls

Oceanside led 16-6, 30-22 and 40-29 at the quarter breaks.

The Mariners were keyed by a 23-point, 14-rebound performance from Bailey Breen, while Audrey Mackie added 11; Aubrianna Hoose, six; Abby Waterman, four; and Emily Sykes, three.

Medomak Valley’s Kytana Williamson, right, and Oceanside’s Aubri Hoose. Mariner Bailey Breen is in the background. Photo by Mark Haskell

Waterman also added nine rebounds for Oceanside.

For Medomak Valley, Addison McCormick netted 10 points, while Audrey Jackson and Kytana Williamson added eight; Sara Nelson and Maya Cannon, four; and Haley Puchalski, one.

Jackson finished with six rebounds and Nelson six steals for the Panthers.

The Mariners were 8-of-12 (67 percent) from the foul line, as Breen netted 8-of-8 attempts, while the Panthers were 3-of-8 (37 percent) from the charity stripe.

Oceanside’s Bailey Breen, left, and Medomak Valley’s Addison McCormick. Photo by Mark Haskell

Oceanside led by as many as 13 points in the first half after a layup by Hoose midway through the second quarter, but Medomak Valley got treys by Jackson and Williamson — and scored the final three points of the half — to stay within striking distance.

The Panthers never led, but never went away as they cut their deficit to six points in the early stages of the third quarter after an offensive putback by Cannon.

Oceanside’s Aubri Hoose, middle, as well as Medomak Valley’s Kytana Williamson, left, and Sara Nelson. Photo by Mark Haskell

But the Mariners got into a rhythm midway through the stanza as they rattled off eight straight points — a hoop in the paint from Breen and back-to-back treys by Breen and Mackie — and took a 38-24 lead with 4:30 to go, to prompt a Medomak Valley timeout.

The Panthers got their deficit to single digits and trailed 40-33 in the opening stages of the fourth quarter after a pair of free throws by Nelson, but Breen and Mackie rattled off the game’s next seven points — including a trey from Mackie with 2:30 to play — to put the game out of reach.