In Thursday's 38-27 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference win over host Linton-Stockton that was pretty much the case.
"We did just enough to get by," Stevens said. "Every team in the conference is going to want to beat each other, it's a wide open conference.
He watched as his team played at both ends of the spectrum and went from the sublime to the ridiculous and back to the sublime.
"I had to blow my gasket with two minutes left," Stevens said. "In my mind we played like we were capable of for four minutes -- the last two minutes of the first half and the last two minutes of the second half."
Those two segments were the critical points in the contest as the Lady T-Birds used scoring runs to pull away from a Lady Miner team that appeared to be ready to strike.
"In the first half the tempo changed on us and they got us sped up," Linton-Stockton (0-6, 0-2) coach Brad McKinney said. "We had a tempo where we needed it and then they came out with a little more pressure an we sped up again."
At the end of the first half the Lady T-Birds reversed a 13-9 Lady Miner lead to a 21-15 halftime advantage that ballooned to a 31-17 lead after three quarters before the Lady Miners rallied to cut the lead down to six with 2:03 to play.
That's when Stevens called a timeout and re-ignited his team.
"It shouldn't take me getting mad to light a fire," Stevens said. "You see strides there of greatness with our girls then you see just a lackadaisical, satisfaction."
While the Lady Thunderbirds were trying to shake off the effects of becoming complacent with a big lead, the Lady Miners were trying to learn how to win a game on the fly.
"We didn't do a very good job of extending the game," McKinney said. "The problem is we've not been in the position to know how to extend basketball games."
Neither team was burning up the nets either from the field or from the charity stripe.
As a team EGHS shot 33 percent (15 of 46) while the Lady Miners were even worse at 29 percent (9 of 31).
That combined with a dismal shooting performance at the line by both teams, spelled doom for the Lady Miners.
Linton-Stockton was 9 of 18 while the Lady Thunderbirds were just 7 of 16.
"Free throws and hitting shots," McKinney said. "We had some looks, we just didn't hit them very well."
There was only one player on either side of the ball that reached double digits and that was Eastern Greene's Amy Todd.
The 5-9 junior accounted for 13 points while also adding three rebounds and three steals. Next came eight points and a dozen rebounds from Alex Dubois.
Her efforts helped give the Lady Thunderbirds a slight 34-33 edge on the glass.
Hannah Resler added seven while Brooke Butler finished with four and Kelsey Fleener with three for the winners.
Linton-Stockton got eight points each from Joie Gadberry and Mercedes Shafford while Brilee Parker added five, Courtney Johnson four and Avaree Dunn two.
The junior varsity contest also went the way of the visitors as Eastern Greene posted a 26-17 decision.
Fleener led the way with eight followed by Amanda Butler and Katie Morguson with five each.
Miranda Blocher and Lauren Miller added two each for EGHS.
The Lady Miners got four points from Maddie Robison, three from Jacklyn Nash, two from Dunn and one from Hope Swiger.
Eastern Greene returns to action Tuesday night when they travel to Brown County for a 6 p.m. contest while the Lady Miners remain idle until Thursday, Dec. 6 when they host Clay City at 6 p.m.
EASTERN GREENE (38) -- Brittany Martin 0-5 0-2 0, Amy Todd 6-10 1-2 13, Sierra New 1-7 0-0 3, Alex Dubois 2-6 4-7 8, Hannah Resler 3-7 1-4 7, Brooke Butler 2-4 0-0 4, Kelsey Fleener 1-5 1-1 3, Libby Tarr 0-1 0-0 0, Kym Arthur 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-46 7-16 38.
LINTON-STOCKTON (27) -- Courtney Johnson 2-5 0-4 4, Joie Gadberry 2-6 4-7 8, Mercedes Shafford 3-7 2-3 8, Brilee Parker 1-2 3-4 5, Carlie Booe 0-3 0-0 0, Avaree Dunn 1-7 0-0 2, Selena Bowman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 9-31 9-18 27.
Eastern Greene 6 15 10 7 -- 38
Linton-Stockton 7 8 2 10 -- 27
3-point shooting -- Eastern Greene 1-11 (New 1-4, Martin 0-3, Butler 0-1, Fleener 0-1, Arthur 0-1), Linton-Stockton 0-7 (Booe 0-3, Gadberry 0-2, Johnson 0-1, Dunn 0-1). Rebounds -- Eastern Greene 34 (Dubois 12), Linton-Stockton 33 (Johnson 7). Steals -- Eastern Greene 17 (Dubois 4), Linton-Stockton 12 (Gadberry 4). Blocks -- Eastern Greene 3 (New 3), Linton-Stockton 4 (Shafford 2). Turnovers -- Eastern Greene 18, Linton-Stockton 17. Fouls -- Eastern Greene 16, Linton-Stockton 16. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none. Junior varsity -- Eastern Greene 26, Linton-Stockton 17.