The First Ever 6th Grade Girls Basketball Team at AMS Proves to be Unstoppable

posted Mar 21, 2018, 9:45 AM by Ryan Allison
Atascadero Middle School sanctioned it’s first ever 6th grade basketball program this season, and the first ever girls team will go down in the record books as the “dream team” of 2017-2018. These girls have laid down the challenge for the upcoming 6th grade girls team and the incoming 5th graders have “big-shoes” to fill. The girls team went undefeated this season defeating opponents in regular season play and defeating SLO county club ball teams. The team was coached by head coach, Tim Moscardi and Assistant Coach Kirt Perry.

I had the opportunity to watch the “dream team” on February 15th when they took on rival team, Lewis Leopard’s, and from the first quarter until the fourth quarter AMS proved to be the team in control of the scoreboard. The 6th grade girls were a defensive dynamo. D-up was something that AMS did brilliantly.  Offensively, I watched them successfully drop dimes scoring on multiple assists. Lewis was unable to stop the “drive and deliver” at the basket. AMS worked hard at offensive rebounds leading to second chance points.

Coach Tim Moscardi is new to the coaching staff at AMS. What a privilege to have coached such a talented team. I caught up with Coach Moscardi after the game and asked how proud he was to have coached this undefeated team and he told me, “I am not sure how I could explain it. The main thing like I know you heard several times they like to pass the ball.” Moscardi went on to say, “the thing I am most proud about is there’s not one person on the whole team out of 12 girls that’s greedy. Their sharing is amazing. After the game I look at the scorebook and it’s never just one person scoring. Last game out of 12 girls, 11 girls made a basket and that’s true for every game.” I was curious about what Coach Moscardi thought was the contributing factor for this team to remain undefeated all season. Coach had this to say: “I think the chemistry as a whole before the season started they kind of knew each other from passing in the halls. The chemistry has grown. It’s mandatory on game days they eat lunch together and spend as much time as possible together.” I was wondering with such a stellar season and obviously some great coaching tactics if AMS would be seeing Coach Moscardi next season and without any hesitation, coach said, “yes.”

I was lucky enough to meet three members of the 6th grade “dream team”: Olive Moscardi, Abrianna Vazquez (known around campus and to friends as AB), and Kiera Taylor. I noticed these three girls during the game and all three were very polished offensive players. I asked the girls what it meant to be a team and they all three gave the same answer: we worked together and passed the ball around. This team did just that-they worked together to make the perfect shot each time. Kiera Taylor, summed it up when she said, “we passed the ball to players who don’t get the ball a lot.”  I wanted to know what their favorite memory was from their first season as a school sanctioned team and again all three girls were on the same page. Each girl mentioned working together.

Working together seemed to be a theme that Coach Moscardi and Coach Perry instilled in the team. I have to say from watching this team put up numbers the coaches’ strategy off the court seemed to pay off on the court. Congratulations to the 6th grade girls team and coaching staff for their perfect season!

Look for these girls to continue setting records at AMS! I am sure that our rival teams took note and will be looking for that offensive miracle that will crack this team’s defensive shell.

Weston Hooten

Kid Sports Reporter