Baylor Girls and Boys Basketball Teams in Final Four Friday

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Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Both the Baylor girls and boys basketball teams tip in the state final four Friday.
The Lady Raiders take a 14 game winning streak to Nashville, but they have to face an Ensworth team that’s 27-0 on the season.

Said head coach John Gibson:”Probably the biggest challenge will be just slowing them down a little bit. They play up and down the floor a little bit. Like to pressure you and play fast. We play fast sometimes, but that will not be to our advantage tomorrow. We’ll need to try to get them in a little more of a controlled basketball game.”

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The Baylor boys are making their third straight appearance in the Final Four as they take on Briarcrest Christian. Getting back to Nashville has been quite an accomplishment for the Red Raiders, and they better pack their offense.

Said head coach Mark Price:”I’m really proud of our guys. We’ve got an exceptionally young team. We lost seven seniors a year ago. I think we you are able to achieve an accomplishment with a young team it’s pretty significant. This is a game where we are going to have to score points. That’s going to come down to probably. That’s going to come down to probably making perimeter shots and Nick (Kurtz) being able to establish something in the paint a little bit.”

Baylor and Ensworth play at 1pm est at Lipscomb University with the Baylor boys facing Briarcrest at 2:30pm.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.