NARROWS, Va. — Todd Lusk is excited, and no wonder.

His Narrows boys basketball team is dominated by experienced seniors. He thinks the Green Wave have the top two big men in the Mountain Empire District, and a bench that he won’t hesitate to use. Lusk hopes all that adds up to Narrows’ first district title since 2000.

“Any coach will tell you that when you’ve got a team that is dominated by seniors then you feel pretty good about going into that season,” Lusk said. “You can lean on those kids, they’re battle-tested and ready to go. That gives the younger kids coming in a chance to watch them play and learn from them.

“This is a pretty special senior class. They’ve already won the football district title, and I feel like we have as good a shot as anybody in basketball. They’re going to have an awesome baseball team too.”

Narrows finished last season at 14-6, losing to Grayson County in the tourney semifinals. Eight of those players are now seniors, and they’ve led the ’Wave to a 2-0 start, including wins over Eastern Montgomery and James Monroe. The win over the Mavericks was decided on a short jumper by Jon Butler in the game’s final seconds.

Butler is one of five starters returning, along with point guard Brandon Vaught, defensive specialist Wesley Underwood, three-point shooter J.W. Lucas and 6-foot-6 Chastin Akers. Lusk is looking for big contributions from Akers and 6-foot-5 sophomore David Thompson.

“We want to pound it inside and get it in an up-and-down type of game,” Lusk said. “Once we get our kids in shape, I see us pressing more and being more high-octane and up-and-down.

“I feel like I’ve got the two best inside players in the whole district this year. I wouldn’t trade these guys for anybody else; these guys can play and they play well together.”

Lusk is also thrilled with his bench, and credits players like Justin Thornton, Catlin Martin and Justin Waldron for their 2-0 start to the season.

“I don’t hesitate a bit to go to those kids on the bench,” Lusk said.

“Those kids right there can play so I’d be stupid if I didn’t use those kids to force tempo and get up it and down the floor.”

“That is the strong point for us, definitely. The reason we’re 2-0 is our bench helped us win both games.”

Narrows has already won the MED football title. Now they want to add a crown in another sport.

“I think we’ve got a chance to do something special this year,” Lusk said. “It will be exciting to watch how things unfold.”

—Contact Brian Woodson

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