Basketball, in general, and at the high school level, specifically, is a game of controlling court momentum, tempo and, ultimately, offensive surges.

On Tuesday night, Jan. 26, Oceanside trailed early, built a sizeable first-half advantage and then watched Mount View put a significant dent in its deficit.

However, when all was said and done, the Mariners reasserted themselves when it counted most to pull away for 49-32 girls court victory.

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The win pushed Oceanside's early-season record to 4-0, while Mount View dropped to 1-3.

In a season that includes 10 to 12 games for teams due to the pandemic, the Mariners, with only one senior but plenty of underclassmen talent, continued to look sharp in many facets of the game, while the Mustangs, also with only one senior, continue to grow with a young core.

The Mariners, who have players who experienced strong success at the youth and middle school levels, looked solid, but trailed 13-10 after one quarter before the visitors put it into high gear and used a 19-1 push to take a 29-14 halftime advantage. Oceanside also led 34-26 after three stanzas.

Audrey Mackie continued her sensational recent shooting with 27 points, which included five 3-pointers. She tallied 16 points in the first half and 11 more in the second.

Anna Kingsbury added seven points, Emily Sykes six, Abby Waterman five and Grace Woodman four for Oceanside. The Mariners made 3-of-7 free throws (43 percent) and drilled 10 treys, including two from Sykes and one from Woodman, Kingsbury and Waterman.

In other statistical categories, Woodman (4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals), Mackie (3 rebounds, 3 steals), Waterman (4 rebounds, 2 steals), Sykes (2 rebounds) and Kingsbury (4 rebounds, 3 steals) chipped in with solid efforts..

For the Mustangs, Hannah Coolen netted 20 points; Kricket Thompson, eight; and Sydney Vogel and Hannah Ferriera, two. Coolen also made three 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds, while the 6-foot 3-inch Thompson snared 13 caroms. Mount View made 7-of-8 foul shots (88 percent).

After the hosts built a three-point lead at the end of the first eight minutes thanks, mostly, to three 3-pointers from Coolen, the Mariners gained control with a game-altering 19-1 burst in the second quarter.

Mackie scored 11 points and Sykes canned two treys to buoy the Mariners in the second stanza.

Mount View made inroads in the third quarter with a 12-5 push to climb within 34-26 at the break. In fact, the Mustangs scored 12 straight points to make it 29-26 with 2:44 left. However, Mackie's short jumper at 1:34 and Woodman's straightaway trey in the final seconds, after nifty Oceanside ball movement, made it 34-26 at the break.

Oceanside put the pedal back to the metal and outscored the hosts 15-6 in the final eight minutes, as Mackie connected on a trio of three-balls and Waterman netted a rare trey as she usually does most of her work and damage in the paint.