In Katy Barnhart's final two seasons as a player on Smithsburg's girls basketball team, the Leopards reached the state tournament in 2002 and 2003.
It took Barnhart two seasons as head coach to return Smithsburg back to the state tournament for the first time since her senior year.
"It was an amazing experience," said Barnhart, the 2010 Herald-Mail Washington County Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.
The Leopards went 21-4 overall and 11-1 in the MVAL Antietam to win the conference title before advancing all the way to the Maryland Class 1A state final for the first time since 2002.
"It's such a joy to be part of a team like that, that was truly a team," Barnhart said. "They worked together very well and got along well. It was an easy experience, all we had to do was coach, we didn't have to worry about grades or chemistry issues."