|Catherine Rader (Woods) finished playing high school basketball at First Presbyterian Day School in north Macon almost three decades ago, but her name is still most prominent in the Vikings’ record book. She led the Vikings to the first of their three GISA Class 3A Championships in 1991, scoring 34 of her team’s 41 points in a win over Southland. That 34-point output is the second-highest single-game scoring game in program history.
She is FPD’s all-time career scoring leader with 1,455 points between 1987-1991 and is also the single-season scoring leader during the 1990-91 season when she scored 567 points. She is also the FPD all-time leader in career blocked shots with 352. Rader (Woods) was an all-state performer in 1990 and 1991, all-region performer in 1989, 1990 and 1991 and was the team MVP those three seasons, as well. She was the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s GISA Player of the Year in 1991 and also that club’s GISA State Tournament MVP in 1991.
After her high school career, she went on to Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and put up some impressive numbers there. She was a four-year starter for the Terriers and is listed among their career leaders in various categories. She is a member of that school’s 1,000-point club, and she is 12th all time in scoring. She is fifth in program history in blocked shots, ninth in career field goals made and tied for 10th in career games started. She served as the team captain during her senior season in 1995.
In addition to basketball, she played volleyball at Wofford in 1991 and 1992 and was named the Most Improved Player in 1991.
Her No. 41 jersey has been retired by FPD. She is one of only two female athletes to ever receive that honor and just one of seven overall at the school.