Athens girls hoops taking record in stride as team grows

By: Mike Moore | Troy Times | Published January 18, 2012


TROY — The wins will come, sooner or later, the law of averages says so.

Lindsey Noble knows that.

Her players do as well.

Right now, though, the focus for the Troy Athens girls basketball coach and program centers less on the final result from one game to the next, but instead on the steps being taken each and every time the sneakers hit the court.

This is a young team.

This is an inexperienced team.

And, as Noble said, this is a team learning “a ton” on the fly.

“This has been a year where we’ve had to get back to basics,” the coach said last week. “The focus right now is on the fundamentals of the game. We’re very young and don’t have much experience. We’ve been getting a lot of girls acclimated with high school basketball.”

At press time, the Red Hawks were 0-7. The youth Noble spoke of was hardly exaggerated.

Last year’s squad graduated four senior starters. In all, just three varsity veterans returned to the team this season, and the roster has seven girls playing in their first varsity campaign.

“We’re starting a freshman and two sophomores, at times,” Noble said. “They’ve all gotten better, much better, but it takes time to figure everything out. … Obviously, we hoped to have more wins than we do right now, but they are doing everything we’re asking.”

Asked if staying positive or keeping things upbeat has been a struggle at all, Noble just laughed.

“I mean, it’s much easier said than done, but I think we’re doing enough at practice. We’re mixing things up enough to keep this fun,” she said. “It’s tough when there’s a zero in the win column, but we’re growing. These girls are really working together toward something right now. I’m real proud of that.”

The coach and her players also know the struggles now could, in fact, pay off down the line.

“When you have a team this young, you get to mature together,” she said. “Three of the four seniors we had last year were four-year varsity members. They needed time, but got things together as they got older. The girls we have now are very committed to this. I think they see the future potential here, just as I do.”