A person would be hard pressed to find two teams going in any more of a different direction than the Thayer Lady Bobcats and the Mansfield Lady Lions.
Heading into their matchup in the Class 2 District 9 Tournament at Norwood High School Feb. 25, the Lady Cats (21-5) had racked up 20 wins on the season, while the Lady Lions (3-20) had racked up 20 losses on the season.
So it should be no surprise that Thayer had little trouble with Mansfield, and knocked the Lady Lions out of the tournament by a count of 67-29.
Mansfield was under a double-whammy of not enough size or quickness to keep pace with Thayer, and the Lady Bobcats made short work of their opponent early.
The Lady Lions fumbled the ball away five times early in the first period and this helped to ignite a 6-0 run for Thayer.
After Mansfield found the hoop for the first time on the night, trailing 6-2, the Lady Cats really kicked it into high gear.
Autumn Forschler (six points) stepped off the bench and hit a layup, followed by a 3-ball from Brittany Allen (10 points), also fresh off the Thayer bench.
Krysta Adams (12 points) then logged four straight points, while Chelsey Cabrales (10 points) added a pair of layups.
By the time LaShanda Horton (12 points) rang up a jumper and trey, the Lady Bobcats had blasted Mansfield with 20 unanswered points to move on top 26-2 late in the first.
With her team in front 28-5 after the first period, Micah Stevens (12 points) made sure the Lady Bobcats kept the gap wide in the second period by posting six points in the frame.
Mansfield did find the hoop on three occasions in the second, but Thayer held a commanding 46-15 lead at the halftime break.
The Lady Bobcats stretched this into a 60-23 advantage after three, finishing the game with a runaway 32-point victory.
Sara Riley hit for three points for Thayer, while Kacey Simms had one point.