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Alice Smith wins one for Dad

March 15, 1997

BALTIMORE - Alice Smith gave her father a unique birthday present - a place in Maryland high school basketball history.

Alice Smith, a 1987 Williamsport High School graduate who now coaches the Francis Scott Key girls' basketball team, guided the Eagles to the Class 1A state title with a 53-23 thrashing of Northern Garrett Saturday at UMBC.

Glenn Smith, who turned 61 Saturday, coached Williamsport to the 1A state title in 1992. FSK's victory Saturday makes the Smiths the first father-daughter combination to lead teams to state titles in Maryland.

"It's very exciting," Alice Smith said. "I think he's really excited also."

Francis Scott Key trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quarter and fell behind 9-6 early in the second. The Eagles got untracked and took a five-point lead at the half.

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FSK scored three quick baskets to open the second half and took a double-digit lead. The Eagles outscored Northern Garrett 23-7 in the final period

"When we looked at the point spread of some of the MVAL games that we won, we knew that we had something special," Alice Smith said.

A second state title, if Smith could win one, would give her one more than her father.

"I'd love to (win another), but it's not one-up on Dad that I'm looking for," she said. "He's as much of a supporter for these kids as anyone."

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