With temperatures dipping to 7 degrees in metro Detroit, a lot is slowing down: Evening commutes, motivation to get on the treadmill, and apparently, basketball teams.

Luckily for Auburn Hills Avondale girls basketball coach Phil Dawson, his team was able to kick off the holiday rust in the second half of its 44-27 victory over Oak Park Thursday behind Olivia Russell’s 18 points.

“It was kind of those rough starts for both teams trying to find their edge,” Dawson said. “We had twenty at halftime, but I thought we should have had almost double that.”

Avondale’s seven-point halftime lead quickly grew to double digits, where it’d stay for the rest of the game, when it was able to beat Oak Park’s zone defense by getting other scorers involved.

Toya Golden finished with 11 points, and along with Grace Scherwin, hit two key 3-pointers.

“We try to push the ball a little up-tempo; that was the first time we’ve seen zone this year,” Dawson said. “Teams are going to going to key on (Russell), so other girls are going to need to step up, and today, Toya and Grace both played well.”

Maxine Hall scored 11 for Oak Park.

Both teams had a short bench: Avondale rolled with eight players and Oak Park rostered only six.

“It’s hard when you have short benches and the holiday break,” Dawson said. “I just hope the girls are getting to know each other better. We’re still trying to come together as a team.”

More girls basketball

Birmingham Groves 43, Rochester 24: Sha Carter led all scorers with 13 for Groves (6-2, 2-1 OAA White). Rochester is 1-7, 1-2 OAA White.

Plymouth 63, Allen Park 35: Chantel LeDoux and Ella Riley each scored 12 and Sydney McCraig added 12 for Plymouth (4-3, 0-2 KLAA Black). Abbie Slate scored 21 for Allen Park (1-4, 1-2 Downriver League).

Rochester Adams 54, Lake Orion 44: Makayla Smith had 14 points and eight rebounds, Maddie Dolenga had 13 points and Lauren Petersmark scored 10 for Adams (1-5, 1-1 OAA Red). Sydney Strenger scored 17 and Sophie Wyborski 12 for Lake Orion.

Troy 49, West Bloomfield 35: Nisha Bhargava and Athena Sampson each scored 12 for Troy (5-3, 2-1 OAA White). Destiny Monroe scored 18 for West Bloomfield (1-7, 1-2 OAA White).

Boys basketball scores
Dearborn Divine Child 70, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 41