Mike White profiles the Monessen boys basketball team.
(Photo: Lavalle Rush, one of four Monessen players averaging at least 15 points per game, draws a foul on Clairton's Aaron Mathews in a recent WPIAL Class A Section 3 matchup. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"For the season, the Monessen boys basketball team is scoring at a rate rarely seen in the WPIAL.
For one half in a recent game, Monessen scored points rarely seen in the history of high school basketball in this country.
In a game Jan. 26 against Geibel, Monessen scored 97 points — in the first half. The Greyhounds went on to defeat Geibel, 120-29.
The 97 points didn't seem to get much attention, but the mark was a modern-day record for U.S. boys basketball. According to the National Federation of State High School Association record book, only two other teams scored more points in a half, and both did it at least 60 years ago. Loudon, Tenn., scored 158 in a 1956 game, and Gaston, Ore., scored 98 in 1955."