Martha’s Vineyard girls clinch state tournament berth

Kendall Robinson has her eyes on the basket as she battles Coyle Cassidy's Siobain Dermody (left) and Brittney Perdigao. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls basketball team clinched a berth in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state tournament with a 53-42 win Friday afternoon in Oak Bluffs over Coyle Cassidy of Taunton.

The Vineyarders (10-2, 3-1 EAC) punched their tourney ticket with eight games left in the regular season and beat the Warriors for the first time ever in Eastern Athletic Conference play. Last year, M.V. made the playoffs with a win over Nantucket in the final game of the season.

Friday afternoon, at the Sancy, the Purple led from the start to finish but couldn’t shake the Warriors until the final minute.

With the Vineyarders ahead 44-40, Kendall Robinson and Jenny Lindland combined for three steals and six points in 12 seconds to finally put the game out of reach.

Kendall Robinson had a huge game at both ends of the court and led the Vineyard offense with 14 points. Jenny Lindland scored 12 and Maggie Riseborough had 11.

The Vineyarders host Bishop Stang in an EAC contest Monday afternoon at the Sancy. Tip off is at 2 pm. The jayvee girls play at 12:30 pm.