The Oceanside girls basketball team graduated a wealth of leadership from last year’s playoff squad, and has searched early this winter for its de-facto go-to player on and off the court.

That search may be over following the Mariners’ 72-44 road win over Midcoast rival Camden Hills and it comes in the form of the team’s lone senior Gabby Simmons.

The 5-foot 5-inch guard — who has averaged 14.2 points per game through four contests — pumped in a season-high 20 points on Wednesday night, Dec. 20 to help Oceanside to the lopsided high school court victory.

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For Simmons, 12 of points came in the opening stanza as the Mariners opened a 15-3 lead — and used that early cushion to help sail past the Windjammers.

Oceanside, 2-2 on the young season, led 21-7 after the first quarter, while Camden Hills (0-4) largely matched the visitors in the second quarter, but trailed 38-25 at halftime. The Mariners then surged to a 54-32 advantage after three quarters.

Also chipping in on offense for Oceanside was Hope Butler with a 17-point effort, while Raechel Joyce added 10; Kalli Grover, seven; Sara Dorr, six; Hannah Moholland, five; Molly Gould, three; and Anna Poisson and Grace Woodman and Chloe Jones, two.

For Camden Hills, MiAe DeWaard tossed in 14 points, while Lauren Miller added seven; Nicole Brown, six; Miranda Dunton, five; Audrey Bowman, four; Anya Babb-Brott, Laticia Billings and Kira Barley, two; and Seanna Montgomery, one.

The Mariners were 10-of-18 (56 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Windjammers were 9-of-20 (45 percent). Also of note was Oceanside’s eight 3-point field goals in the contest — four of which came from Simmons — while Camden Hills had only one on the evening.

"I felt we played well," said Oceanside coach Sam Bragg. "We kept our turnover totals down, which gave us extra possessions on offense and with those, we shot the ball well. I also felt that are defense and our rebounding was much better than it has been in the early season."

Dorr canned a pair of three throws to start the game — followed by a trey from Joyce and a layup from Simmons — to put Oceanside ahead 7-0.

DeWaard stopped the short run with a hoop of her own, but Simmons responded with back-to-back treys — the second of which came with 3:30 remaining — to give the Mariners an 11-point lead.

Butler and Grover also added first-quarter layups after coming up with a pair of steals under their own basket off Camden Hills turnovers.

Bragg said that Simmons definitely "sparks the rest of our team," but that there are several components to the team's success.

"[Simmons] has been shooting the ball well and finding her teammates [and] including them in the offense," Bragg said. "Being our only senior certainly poses it's challenges, but with the help of her large junior class they are all finding their roles and I'm looking forward to where they take us this season."

The Windjammers did not quit, however, as they figuratively hopped on the back of DeWaard’s — who had eight points in the second stanza — and, ultimately, played even with the Mariners. A Bowman offensive putback cut Camden Hills’ deficit to 33-21 with two minutes to play.

However, the Mariners went on a 16-7 run in the third — eight of which came from Simmons on two 3-pointers and two free throws — to ultimately put the game out of reach for the Windjammers.

"I thought Oceanside played a great game," said Camden Hills coach Kim Kuhn. "Oceanside shot the lights out in the first quarter and it was hard for us to come back from that. My girls fought hard and we will continue to work hard and make adjustments."

Even more so than Oceanside, Camden Hills experienced significant roster turnover this season. The Windjammers graduated four players to graduation — including Charlotte Messer, a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A second-team all-conference selection a year ago — in addition to three other players, including several starters, who opted not to return this season.

Both teams participated in the Class A North playoffs last season, as each pushed their opponents before falling in the quarterfinals.

Oceanside now toils in Class B, while Camden Hills remains in Class A.