Friday night's 49-28 win at Haralson County (0-1) may not have been the prettiest thing, but it was good enough for the Red Devilettes (1-0) to open up the season the right way.
"We can say we won the first one, we've won one. They played together. We missed a lot of the under-the-basket shots, but still that first game, it was a win. It wasn't beautiful, but it was a win," Stephens said.
Both teams struggled to score early, with Bowdon taking a 7-3 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Red Devilettes got things going — mostly through Sydney Boddie's 3-point shooting — to take a 19-5 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Rebelettes were able to put together more offense and hang with Bowdon, but were in too big of a hole from the first half.
Boddie's 11 points led the Red Devilettes, who had a balanced attack offensively. Jade Reese scored seven points, Whitney McClure and Jacory Stephens scored six points each, while Jacole Stephens added five points. Jena Lane, Katlyn Buchanan and Reshay Brewer added four points each in the win.
That balanced attack, as well as Remonica Stephens being able to substitute to try and find a good fit on the floor, will help the Red Devilettes down the road.
"It works out for us for the future and later games knowing who we can go to, figuring kids out and what they need to be successful and what group chemistry will work out. Also, getting these younger girls in to games we can. We've got six seniors — four starters — we've got to get our babies so they can step in the next couple years and play," Remonica Stephens said.
Struggles at the free-throw line hurt HC, as it went just 6-of-30 for the game with 17 of those attempts coming in the second half.
Andrea Lasseigne led the Lady Rebelettes with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Madison Horton chipped in with nine points and five rebounds and Sky Overby added six points and five boards in the loss.
The Red Devilettes will look to keep things going on Monday as they travel to Woodland, Ala., for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.
"Game 2 is going to be difficult. That's Woodland. That's a group of girls that finished second in state, is always in the state tournament. We want our girls to play Bowdon basketball. [Woodland] likes to run. We don't have to run. We can break the press. I need the girls to settle down, be positive and we'll be fine," Remonica Stephens said.
Haralson County travels to South Paulding at 3 p.m. today.
Haralson County boys 63, Bowdon 61: The Rebels (1-0) were able to hold off a second-half charge by Bowdon (0-1) on Friday night to pick up a two-point, season-opening win at home.
London Smith paced Haralson County with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Evan Jackson picked up a 10-point, 15-rebound double-double and Nii-Okai Reindorf added eight points to go along with 10 boards.
The Rebels trailed 12-10 after one quarter, but were able to turn it on in the second quarter for a 31-26 lead at halftime.
"It was a high-effort game. We had high effort, but had a lot of mistakes and a lot of turnovers. We played with a lot of will to win. That's something that's different," HC coach Kenny Walker said. "We did enough to out-last them. Bowdon had some good players and good athletes and played really hard."
The Rebels will face South Paulding on the road today at 4:30 p.m., while Bowdon travels to Woodland on Monday at 8 p.m.