Much like Niemerg, Vahling displayed a number of talents against Salem. With Flach in the lineup, she anchored the post and crashed the glass. When Flach left the game for a breather, her junior classmate took over more responsibilities in the backcourt.
"That's kind of how we used Candace last year," Ohnesorge said. "We told her she's going to have to give us some ball help too. Use her possible as a one, maybe a two, all the way down to a five. She knows what we're expecting of her, she's going to give it her all."
The offense will come in time for the Lady Maroons, but it's the defense where Ohnesorge hopes to see improvement. Dieterich was playing in its third game of the day, but too often the Salem fast break was able to generate easy looks at the bucket.
"We're not doing enough talking," Ohnesorge said. "Definitely not enough communicating, that's something we will develop. We're going to try some different defenses."
Dieterich's base defense was a 2-3 zone in 2012, allowing a thin roster to last added minutes.
Now, with a sizable freshman class, the Lady Maroons could play more man-to-man than what other teams are accustomed to seeing.
"We have never been used to doing a lot of subbing with our size," Ohnesorge said.
Summer tournaments offer up the perfect opportunity for teams to try new sets and styles, playing multiple games a day to figure out what's working.
"We're seeing what we can get by with," Ohnesorge said. "I think we'll get it."
Dieterich plays its first game in today's action at 2 p.m. at the Effingham Rec Center.
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