ROCKLAND — In a high school basketball game otherwise devoid of exciting moments, Oceanside senior Audrey Mackie certainly managed to find a flair for the dramatic in the waning moments of the first half on Tuesday night, Dec. 20 against Erskine Academy of South China.

Needing 15 points to reach 1,000 for her illustrious high school career, Mackie — who has made it a point to convert more than he share of field goals from beyond the three-point arc — did so again as time expired in the first half to net her the impressive milestone.

Oceanside’s Audrey Mackie, left, stands with coach Matt Breen after scoring her 1,000th career point on Dec. 20 in Rockland. Photo by Mark Haskell

Mackie is the third member of the 1,000-point club at OHS, joining Kennadi Grover (2013) and Cooper Wirkala (2019). Grover finished with 1,118 points and Wirkala 1,095.

“It was pretty awesome,” said Mackie. “And on a three-[pointer], just how I hoped.”

Mackie, an integral part of a team riding a 37-game win streak and coming off the school’s first state Class B girls basketball championship months prior, missed her first attempt from the top of the key with time winding down in the first 16 minutes.

With photo of state title team on gymnasium wall behind her, Oceanside’s Abby Waterman dribbles the ball up the court. Photo by Mark Haskell

However, teammate Aubri Hoose snatched a rebound from a pair of Eagle defenders and kicked it back to Mackie, who buried the triple just before the first-half horn sounded.

The shot gave her an even 1,000 points for her career a mere four games into her senior campaign.

“It was supposed to come on a three from the corner,” said Mariner coach Matt Breen, who also scored 1,000 point at the former Rockland District High School, as Mackie had put up a few shots from that spot throughout the first half. “But it ended up back at the top and she drilled that three right before the buzzer. Which was pretty fitting. That’s what she’s done. She’s been knocking down threes since she was a freshman, so it’s appropriate that it came on a three.”

Oceanside’s Bailey Breen, left. Photo by Mark Haskell

The Mariners led 44-10 at halftime and eventually cruised to a 69-20 win over the Eagles. Mackie also added seven assists and five steals in the win.

Of note, Mackie’s sophomore season came during the COVID-19 pandemic, where the sharp-shooting guard played only 13 games (high school regular season typically are 18 games in length).

Oceanside’s Sophie Daggett, left. Photo by Mark Haskell

Thus, Mackie completed the feat with significantly less varsity time than normal. And still plenty of time to add to that total with 14 regular-season games to play and perhaps another deep playoff run ahead.

The game was halted after the milestone for a brief ceremony, where Mackie was presented the game ball. The Mariner starters sat for the majority of the second half with the game in hand.

“It’s a great moment for Audrey,” said Breen. “She’s had a great four years for us. She stepped in day one and jumped into the starting role as a freshman and she’s become one of the best shooters in the state.”

Oceanside’s Caitlyn Lamb. Photo by Mark Haskell

“The student section and fans were great,” said, Mackie, who will play basketball at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. next year. “[It was an] awesome experience.”

Bailey Breen led the Mariners on Tuesday with 21 points, while Hoose added 16; Mackie, 15; Renee Ripley, six; Abby Waterman, five; Sophie Daggett, four; and Caitlyn Lamb, two.