The Norwood Lady Pirates couldn't have had any worse luck had they broken a whole showcase worth of mirrors and walked underneath a mile's worth of ladders.
As it was, the double-whammy the Lady Pirates were dealt in the championship game of the 20th annual Mansfield Lady Lions Tournament Feb. 6 was more than enough to cover a complete chapter in the Book of Bad Luck.
Not only could Norwood just not find anyone on its team that looked like they wanted to stick the ball in the basket, the Lady Pirates' opponent, the Thayer Lady Bobcats, looked sharper than a drawer full of scissors.
Basically doing whatever they wanted on both ends of the court, the top-seeded Lady Bobcats routed third-seeded Norwood 58-25 to take home first place in the tourney.
And as its usually been so far this season for Thayer, defense was the order of the game.
The Lady Bobcats' full-court pressure forced Norwood into numerous turnovers and miscues, leading to plenty of layups for Thayer.
Behind four straight points from Samantha Oakes (10 points) and a 3-ball by Whitney Mills (14 points), the Lady Cats jumped in front of Norwood 7-zip, all before the Lady Pirates could even get off their first shot of the evening.
Jordan Gray hit a 3-pointer for Norwood's first bucket of the game at the 4:48 mark, and then Thayer responded with the force of an oncoming locomotive.
Oaks hit a layup. Mills connected on an old-fashioned 3-point play. Kaley Hebert (17 points) drilled a short jumper.
By the time Laken Martin (five points) notched a hoop and a free throw and Emily Eckman (four points) hit a layup, Thayer held a 21-6 lead after one.
And things never really got any better for Norwood.
Thayer took a 38-15 lead to intermission and stretched that advantage to 54-21 heading into the final frame.
Lauren Hargus and Miranda Webber finished with four points apiece for Thayer.
Gray paced the Lady Pirates with nine points.
The Lady cats earned a spot in the championship game with a 50-35 win over the host team from Mansfield Feb. 3.
Hebert racked up 19 points to lead Thayer, with Mills following close with 18.