High school girls basketball

Like wave surge, Mariners overwhelm Lions early en route to victory

Simmons keys hosts with 20 points — 18 in the first quarter
By Ken Waltz | Dec 29, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Belfast's Madison Hemingway, left, and Oceanside Kassidy Robinson vie for rebound position during a foul shot in a Dec. 28 high school girls basketball game in Rockland. The host Mariners beat the Lions 63-27.

Rockland — 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.

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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.

Belfast at Oceanside girls basketball
Oceanside hosts Belfast on Dec. 28 in high school girls basketball in Rockland. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Abby Veilleux. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Hope Butler. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Gabby Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Gabby Simmons, left, and Belfast's Grace Fitzjurls. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Gabby Simmons, left, and Belfast's Madison Hemingway. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Hope Butler. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Abby Veilleux. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Alexia Sweet. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Molly Gould, front, and Belfast's Oceana Pacholski. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Gabby Simmons, middle, as well as Belfast's Mackenzie Banks (3), Junne Robertson-McIntire and Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Grace Woodman, left, and Belfast's Leah Marriner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Grace Woodman, left, and Belfast's Leah Marriner. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Hope Butler, right, and Belfast's Shera Hilt. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce, right, and Belfast's Grace Fitzjurls. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham, left, and Oceanside's Hope Butler. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Kassidy Robinson, left, along with Belfast's Macy Gale (42) and Grace Fitzjurls. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Raechel Joyce, left, and Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Hope Butler, left, and Raechel Joyce, right, along Belfast's Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Emma Mehuren. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Kassidy Robinson, back left, and Hannah Moholland (5), along with Belfast's Macy Gale, left, and Grace Fitzjurls. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Under the watchful eyes of players waiting to enter the game is Oceanside's Raechel Joyce. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Madison Hemingway. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Chloe Jones. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Alison Defeo. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Molly Gould. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Grace Fitzjurls, left, and Karagen Stone (52), along with Oceanside's Annaliese Poisson (50) and Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Kalli Grover, left, and Belfast's Grace Fitzjurls. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast players and coaches watch a teammate shoot a foul shot at the end of a quarter. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Oceanside's Grace Woodman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Belfast's Lillie Mitchell, left, and Kayci Faulkingham. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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Ken Waltz has been a media member 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He has an associate degree in law enforcement and studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hannah, and daughter, Audrey Josephine. Ken loves to golf, ride his motorcycle, exercise at the YMCA and follow his beloved Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. He also has had a lifelong passion for the mysterious and all things paranormal/cryptozoological.

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