The start of a basketball game — or any sporting event for that matter — can have the most significant impact on how the rest of the contest will unfold, and the Oceanside girls started the way a team would want on Tuesday night, Jan. 30 on the road against the Lions of Belfast.

The Mariners used a momentum-altering 13-0 run to open the game and never looked back as the visitors cruised to a 51-30 victory.

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Oceanside’s hot shooting propelled the Mariners to a 20-3 advantage after the first quarter, 31-5 at halftime and 41-15 at the end of three stanzas.

Gabby Simmons led the Mariners with 11 points, three steals, two assists and two rebounds, while Kalli Grover added nine points and eight rebounds; Raechel Joyce, eight points, two steals and two rebounds; Hope Butler, six points, five rebounds and steal; Grace Woodman, five points, four rebounds and two steals; Kassidy Robinson, four points, five rebounds, five blocked shots, two assists and steal; Sara Dorr, four points, three rebounds and two blocks; Abby Veilleux, two points, nine rebounds and block; and Anna Poisson, two points and five rebounds.

For Belfast, Macy Gale keyed the Lions with 12 points, two rebounds and two steals; Grace Fitzjurls, eight points and four steals; Junne Robertson-McIntire, four points and two rebounds; Kayci Faulkingham, three points and steal; and Lillie Mitchell, three points, four rebounds and two steals.

Oceanside, which also beat Belfast 63-27 earlier in the season, finished 9-of-16 (56 percent) from the free-throw line while Belfast was 6-of-1o (60 percent).

It did not take long for the Mariners to find their shooting touch. Joyce knocked down a 3-pointer that bounced up off the rim, and came back straight through the net to open the scoring.

Simmons followed that bucket by pulling up and hitting a 15-foot jump shot. Butler then made two free throws, and the next time down the court, Oceanside’s “bigs" or interior/post players, Dorr and Robinson, secured an offensive board each, off a subsequent Butler missed shot, before Robinson got the putback bucket to go. Simmons then had a layup to complete the 13-0 run.

Belfast finally stopped the bleeding at the 4:44-mark of the first quarter when Macy Gale hit a baseline jumper for the Lions first points of the night. Belfast’s only other point in the opening stanza came off a Fitzjurls free throw.

Oceanside added seven more points as four of came from Grover and the other three from Simmons.

The second quarter was more of the same, as the Mariners continued their offensive barrage as the visitors poured in another 11 points, from five different players, compared to the Lions two points, which came from McIntire.

The baskets finally widened for Belfast in the second half, as the Lions outscored Oceanside 25-20 in the final two quarters.

The opponents scored 10 points in the third, as four different Lions registered a bucket, and five Mariner players added, or joined the statistical sheet.

The fourth quarter saw Belfast come to life, led by Gale, who poured in eight of her team’s 15 points in the final frame, while Fitzjurls added five of her eight points.

At this point, Oceanside had emptied its bench, and Woodman scored all of her five points in the quarter.

In the Maine Principal’s Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (8-8, 41.4815 points) is ninth, while Belfast (0-15, 0.0000 points) is 15th. Hermon is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.