The win will give the Red Devilettes (15-9) the No. 3 seed out of Region 5-AA, as it will appear in the state playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Stephens led the team with 20 points.
"We talked to the girls about how important it was for them to bounce back. We've talked all year where we've lost, but we didn't stay down. We kept fighting back and I was proud of that [Saturday], "Bowdon coach Remonica Stephens said. "The girls are really excited about the whole thing. Of course, you'd rather be the one or two [seed], but we get to go."
In the first round, the Red Devilettes will travel to the Region 8-AA runner-up on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Allatoona girls 53, Villa Rica 40: A cold third quarter saw the Lady Wildcats (21-8) lose control of a three-point halftime lead, as Allatoona came back to win the Region 5-AAAAA Tournament championship at home Saturday night.
Villa Rica outscored the Lady Bucs, 10-5, in the first quarter and held a 21-18 advantage at the break before being outscored 21-5 in the third quarter.
Even with the loss, the win in the region semifinals guaranteed a home playoff game for the Lady Wildcats.
VR coach James Bailey could not be reached for comment as of press time Saturday evening.
Kendrick girls 76, Bremen 39: The No. 10 Lady Blue Devils (21-6) didn't have an answer for undefeated Kendrick, falling in the championship game of the Region 5-AA Tournament at Spencer.
Kayleigh Medlin led Bremen with 16 points, while Jamia Johnson added seven in the loss. The runner-up finish does ensure a home playoff game, as the Lady Blue Devils will host the third-place team from Region 8-AA, most likely on Tuesday.
"Like I told them after the game, it means a lot. We'd rather be hosting as a region champion, but we're going to be on our home floor and want to make sure our home fans are there to support us. Hopefully, we'll be able to come out with a 'W.' That's quite an accomplishment to host a state tournament game," Bremen coach Kathy Matthews said.
Douglass girls 62, Central 61: In back-to-back nights, the Lady Lions (20-7) dropped a close contest, falling by a point in the final seconds of the Region 4-AAA consolation game at Douglass on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.
Central will be the No. 4 seed and will have to travel to face the Region 1-AAA champions next week in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament.
Central boys 3, Paulding County 3: The Lions (0-0-1) got their season started on Friday night, but played to a tie against Paulding County.
Spencer Morrow, Dakota Malcolm and Tucker Simpkins scored the Central goals, while Francisco Hernandez had a good night on defense.
The Lions return to the pitch on Feb. 26 in the Region 4-AAA opener against Douglass.