The Mount View girls basketball team looked well on its way to a second win on the campaign as the Mustangs galloped to a 15-2 lead in the early stages of their Tuesday night, Jan. 9 road game against Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston.

However, the Mariners turned up the defensive intensity in the second half — and the Mustangs ultimately ran out of horsepower — as the hosts pulled away from the visitors with accurate free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter en route to a 49-39 high school court victory.

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Mount View led 12-2 after the first quarter and 28-16 at halftime, but Oceanside went on a 12-0 run to start the second half as the squads ultimately were knotted 32-32 after three quarters.

Gabby Simmons led the way with a 24-point performance — including netting 6-of-7 free throw attempts — to pace Oceanside. Hope Butler tallied 10; Kassidy Robinson, five; Sara Dorr, four; and Abby Veilleux and Raechel Joyce, three. Veilleux also pulled down nine rebounds for the Mariners and Robinson and Dorr secured five caroms.

Andrea Crosby paced the Mustangs with 20 points, while Shala Davis netted nine; Kate Bennett, eight; and Paula Miller, two.

The Mariners finished 13-of-20 from the foul line — 9-of-13 in the pivotal final stanza — while the Mustangs were 17-of-25.

After Simmons scored on a driving layup on the first possession of the game for Oceanside, Mount View went on the offensive with two hoops from Crosby and one from Bennett, Miller and Davis — along with a pair of foul shots from Davis — to give the visitors a 10-point edge.

The ‘Stangs foul-shooting prowess also was on display in the second quarter, which allowed the visitors to take control.

A pair of jumpers by Dorr helped the Mariners cut their deficit to 17-12, but the Mustangs scored the next seven points from the charity stripe from Davis, Crosby and Bennett to take a 24-12 advantage — and, ultimately, a 28-16 halftime edge.

But the Mariners responded in a significant way to start the third quarter, as they ultimately erased the Mustangs’ first-half surge with a 12-0 run to tie the score.

Robinson began the second half by converting a three-point play and Simmons added a layup, while a pair of steals resulted in two of Oceanside’s next three field goals.

A Mariner steal resulted in a hoop from Robinson, Joyce followed suit with a long two-pointer and another steal saw Simmons bury a trey to knot the score 28-28 with 5:43 to play in the third.

The squads went back and fourth in the final stanza with four lead changes and two ties, but Butler gave Oceanside the lead for good with a baseline jumper, followed by a layup from Simmons off another Mount View turnover.

Crosby's hoop cut the Mustangs’ deficit in half at 41-39, but the Mariners began to hold the ball and went on an 8-0 run off a bevy of foul shots from Simmons, Butler and Joyce to pull away.

Miller and Davis fouled out in the waning minutes for Mount View, as did Moholland for Oceanside.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (4-5, 4.1975 points) is 11th, while Mount View (1-7, 0.5556 points) is 14th. Caribou (6-5, 31.8519 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.