There's a whole lotta hoops yet to be played, but it's a good start nonetheless.
And although their second game of the weekend got a little closer than they would have liked, score a 2-0 start to kick off the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference regular season for the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves women's basketball team.
The Wolves hosted the Lakeland College Rustlers Friday and Saturday at the GPRC gymnasium, with the home side drawing first blood with a solid 77-56 victory Friday night.
But a slow start in Saturday's rematch meant having to regroup at halftime and, as it turned out, play a little comeback basketball when the Wolves found themselves down by six to start the final half.
Fortunately for the hosts, their veteran presence that's expected to carry the team this year kicked in when they needed it and the Wolves rallied to retake control of the game en route to an 81-69 victory.
"We started a little slower (Saturday). It was tough coming out of that noon game," said Wolves head coach Kim Gravengard. "It's early for everybody. It wasn't as fast as we were in (Friday's) game. We couldn't find our speed or our momentum and we were down by six at the half."
Cue the veterans.
"We had to decide that we were going to buck up and play better ball. So they did. They played their game, shaped up and did what they do best and that's what a veteran team can do," said Gravengard.
Not that the playbook and the X's and O's didn't get busted out at halftime as the Wolves strategized a way to erase the six-point deficit.
"We started changing up the game a little bit. They were switching to a zone and playing a lot of half-court press. We decided we had to push the ball up and get it inside to the posts," said Gravengard, pointing to the likes of fifth-year guard Erin Slemp, who was solid in both games on the weekend.
"She hustled on defence," said Gravengard, adding Melanie Patterson – a second-year point guard – kept the pace of the game solid, moving the ball up the court, while fifth-year guard Jenn Seemann was a solid presence under the boards with a slew of rebounds.
The slow start and need to play a bit of catch-up in Saturday's game aside, it wasn't a weekend Gravengard is about to throw back. The Wolves head to Edmonton this weekend to face the NAIT Ooks, who sit at 0-1 following a 90-56 loss to the Concordia University College Thunder on Saturday.
"Overall, we're pleased," said Gravengard. "A win is a win and to start 2-0 for the season means you're on top of the game.
"Overall, we're really a happy with how the girls played. There was lots of things they did well on and were executing things that very new and fresh in their head. This is the first league game of many to come. So I'm really happy with how the girls played.