TERRE HAUTE —
The Terre Haute Savings Bank Tip-Off Tournament draw is the sign that girls basketball season is just around the corner.
And while it’s a basketball tournament, it’s also a chance for the area’s high schools to give back to their communities.
For the second year running, Terre Haute Savings Bank will donate $2,500, plus additional funds raised via ticket sales, to charities of the schools’ choice.
The charitable mission was emphasized as much as the draw itself was at the Terre Haute Holiday Inn on Thursday. Representatives from each school announced which charities they sponsored.
“We hope to teach students while in high school to give back to their communities. Schools teach that already, but we also want to support the idea that they’re playing for more than just team glory. The more that younger people can learn that, the better society will be,” said Bart Caldwell, President and CEO of Terre Haute Savings Bank.
“Our job isn’t just about basketball, but life,” said Terre Haute South girls basketball coach Cara Stuckey, who coached the Braves to the 2011 tournament championship in her first season at the Braves‚ helm.
The tournament begins on Nov. 7. The eight teams were drawn out of two pools. The tournament opens on Wednesday with the first pool of teams. South Vermillion opens against Owen Valley. Terre Haute North follows with a game against North Central.
“I like [the pool format]. It gives us a chance to play different teams. We haven’t played North Central in a long time, so I’ll have to do some studying to find out their tendencies,” North coach Mike Allen said.
Allen was on North’s boys staff when first-year North Central coach Jacob Cummings was a player for the Patriots.
The tournament continues Nov. 8. Greencastle plays Northview in the opener. West Vigo and Terre Haute South face-off in an all-Vigo County clash in the final first round game.
The Braves will be the Vikings‚ first and last opponent.
“It gives our younger girls a taste of where they need to be. Until you‚ve experienced [playing a bigger school like South], you don‚t what it‚s going to be like,‰ West Vigo coach Ryan Easton said.
The remainder of the tournament will be played on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a seven-game slate. It’s capped by an 8 p.m. championship game.
Charities that each school chose to represent at the Terre Haute Savings Bank Tip-Off Tournament
West Vigo: West Vigo Community Center
North Central: Lighthouse Mission
Northview: Clay County Benevolence Ministry
TH South: Down Syndrome Indiana
South Vermillion: Parke-Vermillion Humane Society
Greencastle: Putnam County Family Support Services
TH North: Upward Sports To Support Brian Marrs
Owen Valley: Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Terre Haute Savings Bank Tip-Off
Wednesday, Nov. 7
South Vermillion (9-13 in 2011-12) vs. Owen Valley (9-13), 6 p.m.
Terre Haute North (13-10) vs. North Central (0-21), 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Greencastle (13-10) vs. Northview (1-20), 6 p.m.
West Vigo (6-16) vs. Terre Haute South (13-11), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Wednesday losing teams, 9 a.m.
Thursday losing teams, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday winners, Noon
Thursday winners, 1:30 p.m.
Consolation championship, 5 p.m.
Third place, 6:30 p.m.
Championship game, 8 p.m.