Will C. Wood High School girls basketball team edges rival Vacaville for first time in five years

Devon Lewis saved the day during one of the Will C. Wood High School girls basketball team’s roughest nights of the year.

Lewis also ruined one of Vacaville’s best nights.

Wood’s freshman point guard did a little bit … actually, a lot … of everything as the Wildcats escaped Harold Youngblood Gymnasium with a tense 41-37 victory over their crosstown rivals.

Lewis was in fourth-grade the last time the Wildcats topped the Bulldogs. In fact, Thursday night’s win came five years to the day after Wood’s last victory over Vacaville, a 56-53 overtime win on Jan. 28, 2011.

“I knew it was a long time,” Wood head coach Bob Fernandez said.

Thursday’s game nearly went to overtime as well. Vacaville had the ball trailing 39-37 with eight seconds left, but the Bulldogs fumbled away the inbounds pass.

Lewis scrambled after the loose ball, and frantically dribbled out almost all of the clock before being fouled. Her two free throws with 0.4 seconds left accounted for the final total.

“I just went after it, and then I was just trying to waste the clock,” Lewis said. “We missed a tons of shots, but we still got the win.”

Barely. The Wildcats improved to 3-2 at the midpoint of the Monticello Empire League season.

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Will C. Wood musicians schedule free library show

Musicians of the Will C. Wood Orchestra will play jazz favorites and seasonal selections next week at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center in a performance that’s free and open to the community.

Children and their families will have a chance to meet the musicians and see the instruments they play, according to a library press release.

The performance will start at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the library, which is located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.

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