Justin Criado profiles the Monessen boys basketball team.
"Monessen cruised to an undefeated Section 3-A title this year, including two 50-point victories against second-place California in the regular season, the only section opponent the Trojans lost to.
But as dominating as the Greyhounds' section play was, it may have been for naught if it wasn't for the team's challenging non-section slate against powerhouse teams from higher classifications.
"I try to get the best teams I possibly can," Monessen coach Joe Salvino said. "Simply because I want to prepare my team for what I think is going to happen at the end of the season."
Monessen (19-6, 12-0) played top Class AAAA teams North Allegheny, Upper St. Clair and Chartiers Valley along with Class AAA power New Castle and Aliquippa of Class AA. The Greyhounds lost each game against those various playoff teams, but what emerged from those losses was a sense of confidence and belief that carried Monessen to the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL Class A playoffs and a berth in the PIAA playoffs after a quarterfinal win against none other than California, 73-38."