Hoops For Hope girls' basketball benefit is growing

Saturday's ScheduleNoon--Notre Dame vs. Chatt. Girls Leadership Academy; 1:30--Arts & Sciences vs. Red Bank; 3--Soddy-Daisy vs. Signal Mountain; 4:30--Baylor vs. Hamilton Heights; 6--Ooltewah vs. GPS; 7:30--Cleveland vs. Sequatchie County.

The Hoops for Hope high school basketball breast cancer-awareness fundraiser is turning three years old, and with that comes a big growth spurt.

The Hoops for Hope competition had a modest beginning with Red Bank hosting Baylor in girls' and boys' games on Jan. 18, 2010. Last season it was moved to Baylor where Signal Mountain and Davidson Academy joined Red Bank and Baylor for a girls' doubleheader.

Twelve girls' teams will be competing Saturday at Baylor in this year's Hoops for Hope event. Action starts at noon. The last game is scheduled to begin at 7:30.

Like the previous Hoops for Hope benefits, proceeds will be forwarded to the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation scholarship fund -- a local charity formed to assist with college financial burdens for children who have had a parent diagnosed with breast cancer.