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Waldron junior forward Lucas Mitchell takes a shot in a game last season. 

Bryce Yarling and Lucas Mitchell will be a difficult tandem to stop the next two seasons. Waldron head coach Beau Scott knows he is fortunate to have two of the best players in Shelby County on his roster. Scott has helped develop the talented juniors, who will lead the Mohawks in a new campaign.

Yarling, a 5-foot-8 shifty guard, averaged 16.3 points and 1.8 steals as a sophomore. He scored a career-high 32 points against Liberty Christian and had 16 or more points in 14 games. 

"(Bryce) has developed athletically," Scott said. "He is bouncy and can move. He is much better than he was last year at getting his own shot in the half court. More than anything, he just looks more fearless and confident. He has a real chance to climb our career scoring list."

Mitchell (6-4), a versatile forward, is gearing up for what could be a breakout junior campaign after averaging 6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season. Mitchell is a gym rat, according to Scott. 

"Offensively, (Lucas) is learning how to carry the load at times," Scott said. "He played all the time over the offseason. He is probably the hardest worker we have, honestly. He is working hard to put on some weight and had a super good summer."

The Mohawks, who were 5-18 last season, have more numbers in the program with the addition of a giant freshman class, which has improved competition in practice. Waldron has not had a C team since Scott has been at the school. He started as a varsity assistant under former head coach Will Staal in 2017 before taking over in 2019. 

"Our numbers are way up, we have 24 players this year," Scott said. "The freshmen are impacting us in a great way; they are all super smart and understand the game. I have 13 of them, so we will have a C team. They are talented, too. They are pushing each other and our returning guys."

Tyler Bowlby, Ethan Trueblood and Jacobi Percell (2021 seniors) were the key losses for Waldron. Bowlby averaged 15.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season.  

In addition to Yarling and Mitchell, the team's new rotation will also feature senior guards Bryant Becker and Caden Sheaffer, junior forward Sam Adkins, sophomore guard Jacob Lindsey, sophomore forward Sam Jones and freshman guard Lucas Shaw. 

Becker, who transferred from North Decatur, is a capable playmaker, Scott said.  

"(Bryant) sees the floor well and always wants to make the extra pass," Scott said. "He is going to be an important part of what we do."

Scott believes the Mohawks will be a better outside shooting team this season. Waldron stresses spacing offensively, which allows players to drive and kick the basketball for open looks from distance. 

"We stress spacing so much, we want our guys to have space to operate," Scott said. "I think we will be an improved outside shooting team. That hasn't been a strength of ours in recent years."

Waldron opens its season Nov. 23 at Crothersville. The Mohawks will play Triton Central Dec. 2, Morristown Dec. 10 and Southwestern Dec. 18 and Jan. 28. 

WHS will compete in the Batesville Tournament Dec. 30 before the Shelby County Tournament Jan. 7. 

Kris Mills is the sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.