Oh how the Oceanside girls basketball team wished this was a normal season, with an opportunity to test its mettle against a wider group of Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference opponents and a chance to make a push to the playoffs and perhaps challenge for regional and state titles.

Alas, in a pandemic-altered and -shortened 2020-21 campaign, the talented Mariners need to be content to navigate strong, often lopsided, victories against foes in front of them, namely "neighbors" from Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties.

At this point, these types of court battles will have to do, as Oceanside continued to play inspired, textbook high school basketball on Friday afternoon, Feb. 5 en route to a 60-27 win over visiting Belfast.

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The Mariners, who used tremendous team-wide ball movement, intense defense and hard-charging, up-and-down the court offense on Friday, also opened the season with a 62-33 win over the host Lions on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

On Friday, the Mariners, who improved to 6-0, led 16-4, 35-14 and 48-19 at the quarter breaks. Belfast dipped to 2-4.

Audrey Mackie, who has experienced a slew of recent sensational offensive performances, poured in a single-game, career-high 29 points, while Abby Waterman chipped in 19. The sophomores have been on the same team for years and have realized tremendous statewide court success, and it showed again on Friday with a bundle of nifty passes for easy hoops between the teammates.

Grace Woodman added six points; and Anna Kingsbury, Hannah Erickson and Ahlivia Morris, two. The Mariners made 3-of-4 foul shots (75 percent).

Woodman nailed two 3-pointers and Mackie one for the Mariners. Mackie tallied nine points in the first quarter, 10 in the second, six in the third and four in the fourth. Waterman netted four in the first, nine in the second, two in the third and four in the final eight minutes.

For Oceanside, Lillie Mitchell turned in another strong, steady performance with 10 points, while Jaden Philbrook added six; Halle Tripp and Hailee Lindelof, three; Madison Farris and Krista Staples, two; and Trista Bailey, one.

Belfast connected on 6-of-8 foul shots (75 percent) and Tripp had the lone 3-pointer.

Mackie tallied nine points, Waterman four and Woodman canned a trey to get the home-standing Mariners off to a quick start in the opening quarter.

The play of Mackie and Waterman, who combined for Oceanside's 19 second-quarter points, put the Mariners in solid position with a 21-point halftime cushion.

Woodman banked in a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to give the hosts a 48-19 advantage.

The Mariners, who have had to deal with, and adapt to, the absence of their usual coach, Matt Breen, who is on medical leave (athletic director Molly Bishop Harriman and assistant coach Darren Randall guide the team), again were active from endline to endline and backboard to backboard, no one more than Waterman, who finished with 14 rebounds — including eight offensive — 10 steals, four blocked shots and three assists.

Woodman also finished with eight steals and six assists; Mackie, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals; Emily Sykes, two assists and two steals; Kingsbury, three rebounds; and Morris, two steals.