Return to the court

Peddie girls varsity basketball player Caroline Johnson ’22

After playing only four games (3-1) during the pandemic-shortened season last year, Peddie Girls Basketball Head Coach Kurt Bennett is eager for his team to return to the court this Friday, December 3, in the Peddie School Tip-Off Tournament. Peddie plays Brewster Academy in the official kick-off to the Falcons' season, with tip time slated for 7 p.m. (Spectators are invited to attend but must be masked at all times. Watch live stream of all games at

Bennett, who is entering his second season leading the program, is ready for a fresh start and new look for the tournament, which will feature an eight-team field for the first time.

"I am very excited about the expanded format of the tournament and think it should lead to a great weekend of competition," he said. “We are also excited about the qualities of schools and basketball programs that will be visiting. We’ve had a great first few weeks of practices and scrimmages, and the team is looking forward to competing this weekend — it should be a great experience."

The sixth edition of the Tip-Off is scheduled for December 3-5 at the Erik B. Hanson Field House. St. James (Md.), Hun, Lawrenceville, St. Benedicts, Séminaire Saint-François (Quebec), Brewster (N.H.), Pennington and host Peddie will make up this year’s event. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two undefeated teams will face off in a championship match on Sunday, December 5, at 1:30 p.m.

Peddie School Tip-Off Tournament Schedule:

Friday, 12/3 
4:00 p.m. St. James (away) vs. Hun (home) GAME 1
5:30 p.m. St. Benedicts (away) vs. Pennington (home) GAME 4
7:00 p.m. Brewster (away) vs. Peddie (home) GAME 3 
8:30 p.m. Lawrenceville (away) vs. Séminaire Saint-François (home) GAME 2

Saturday, 12/4  
4:00 p.m. Loser game 1 (away) vs. loser game 2 (home) GAME 5
5:30 p.m. Loser game 4 (away) vs. loser game 3 (home) GAME 6
7:00 p.m. Winner game 1(away) vs. winner game 2 (home) GAME 7
8:30 p.m. Winner game 4 (away) vs. winner game 3 (home) GAME 8

Sunday, 12/5
9:00 a.m. Loser game 5 (away) vs. loser game 6 (home) Seventh Place
10:30 a.m. Winner game 5 (away) vs. winner game 6 (home) Fifth Place
12:00 p.m. Loser game 7 (away) vs. loser game 8 (home) Third Place
1:30 p.m. Winner game 7 (away) vs. winner game 8 (home) Championship