Oceanside's Gabby Simmons stole the ball, drove hard to the basket and, with tremendous body control and athleticism, twisted in for a layup, while being fouled, as the first-quarter buzzer sounded.

The Mariners' lone senior then netted the accompanying free throw for a three-point play.

That sequence of events essentially summed up the tenor and theme of the vacation-week high school girls basketball game between visiting Belfast and host Oceanside on Thursday night, Dec. 28.

Click for photos from this game.

Watch video below.

In fact, that conventional three-point play as time expired in the opening eight minutes not only gave the Mariners a 28-4 advantage, but capped an 18-point first-stanza performance from Simmons, who may also have set a single-quarter school record, said Oceanside softball coach Rusty Worcester, who is present for most Mariner home basketball games.

That quick start and blistering overall shooting by the Mariners eventually led to a 63-27 victory over the winless Lions.

Oceanside used pesky, determined defense and a variety of offensive weapons — inside strength, perimeter accuracy and strong drives to the hoop — to account for its superb all-around performance.

The Mariners, who saw 11-of-12 players score, tallied the first 15 points of the game and held a 28-4 edge after one quarter, 45-15 advantage at halftime and 54-19 lead after three stanzas.

Both teams substituted liberally and no student-athlete played significant minutes. If Simmons' court time had been extended, she might have finished with a 30-plus-point night.

Simmons finished with 20 points, all coming in the first half, and 18 in the first quarter, which included five two-point hoops, a 3-pointer and 5-of-5 foul shots.

Hope Butler added eight pints for the Mariners, while Kalli Grover and Sara Dorr added six; Grace Woodman and Raechel Joyce, five; Anna Poisson, four; Abby Veilleux, three; and Molly Gould, Kassidy Robinson and Hannah Moholland, two.

The Mariners, who made 6-of-11 free throws (55 percent), netted five 3-pointers, two from Butler and one from Woodman, Joyce and Simmons.

Additionally, Joyce (9 rebounds, 2 assists), Dorr (3 rebounds, 2 blocked shots), Simmons (4 steals), Butler (2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists), Veilleux (2 rebounds), Moholland (2 rebounds), Woodman (4 rebounds), Grover (2 assists) and Chloe Jones (4 rebounds) and Poisson (4 rebounds) contributed in other statistical areas.

For Belfast, Kayci Faulkingham netted five points; Karagen Stone, four; Emma Mehuren and Alexia Sweet, three; and Madison Hemingway, Junne Robertson-McIntire, Grace Fitzjurls, Shera Hilt, Lillie Mitchell and Macy Gale, two.

The Lions sank 5-of-10 foul shots (50 percent). Also, Faulkingham (5 rebounds, 4 steals), Mehuren (2 rebounds) and Gale (3 rebounds) were the statistical leaders.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (3-2, 3.0247 points)) is 10th, while Belfast (0-6, no points) is tied for 13th. Caribou (4-3, 14.7531 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.