Royal Oak Shrine is under new leadership this season. Coach Lindsay Noble had the Knights undefeated in the CHSL AA Division at press time.

Royal Oak Shrine is under new leadership this season. Coach Lindsay Noble had the Knights undefeated in the CHSL AA Division at press time.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Noble leading Shrine girls basketball program

By: Jacob Herbert | Royal Oak Review | Published January 21, 2020

 Shrine’s Hannah Groth rises to the hoop Jan. 17 at Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day. The Knights won 44-23.

Shrine’s Hannah Groth rises to the hoop Jan. 17 at Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day. The Knights won 44-23.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROYAL OAK — When Lindsay Noble got back into coaching, Royal Oak Shrine was just the type of place she wanted to return to. Her husband graduated from Shrine, and she also graduated from a small, tight-knit community at Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.

“I knew early when my husband and I got married that we were going to send our kids to Shrine before we even had kids,” Noble said. “I can’t say enough great things about this community. When they say it takes a village to raise your kids, I love that I get to be a part of this village and in these girls’ lives.”

Noble met her team just a mere four days before tryouts. Despite meeting so late, the transition process was quick. Noble and assistant coach Katie Tillman held a lock-in at the Shrine gym one Saturday morning in the season. Breakfast was served and the team spent the morning getting to know one another both on and off the court.

Senior Allison LaPoint said the transition was no different than it would have been with any other coach.

“I feel like she’s done a really good job of trying to get to know each one of us individually, playing with our strengths and trying to help us strengthen our weaknesses,” she said.

When it comes to her coaching style, Noble said she’s going to do everything she can to get the team prepared, but that she doesn’t get to get out there and play. The former Troy Athens girls varsity coach is all about preparation and coaching her kids to play like every game is their last.

“She’s a great strong female leader,” LaPoint said. “She’ll get on you, but she’ll make sure you know what you’re doing OK, which is good, because I know a lot of us tend to get in our heads a little bit.”

At press time, the Knights were 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the Catholic High School League AA Division.

Just as it was last season, leadership is one of the main strengths the Knights boast along with their quickness. Led by LaPoint, Hanna Groth, Regan Smith and Clara North, Shrine has plenty of players to lean on throughout the course of the season.

“I would say those girls have been very solid for us,” Noble said. “We depend on them a lot and they’ve stepped up a lot, too.”

The woman now perusing the sidelines for Shrine girls basketball knows that she’s stepping into a program that has seen its share of success in recent years. Last season alone, the Knights captured a CHSL tournament title for the third year in a row and reached a Division 3 quarterfinal in the state playoffs.

The goal again this year is to four-peat as CHSL champs, but Noble wants to take it a step further.

“Every time we start a season, our goal is to win a state championship. That’s the whole point: You’re playing to be the best,” she said.

Whether that feat will be accomplished or not remains to be seen. Noble, however, knows she’s right where she wants to be.

“I am a part of this community now. My kids go to school here and my husband is a graduate from Shrine,” the coach said. “I had said this was my dream coaching job when I decided to get back into coaching.”

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