She also wasn't ready to give up the game.
Tate didn't play AAU that summer, or the next, instead playing with a co-ed church league, but did accompany North on a trip to Purdue. She shined against the No. 1-ranked team in Georgia, but still wasn't quite right.
"She wanted to be all the way there, but she wasn't," North coach Mike Tomczak said. "It became clear that it would be a process to bring her back, physically and mentally."
Projected to be a starter Day 1 sophomore year, Tate got through practices, and played the first game. But she couldn't continue.
She couldn't go into the gym without panic attacks. Playing basketball felt dangerous, as she flashed back to her injury. Tate developed a fear of feeling unsafe in school. She was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, missed more time at school and missed all but that first game her sophomore season.
Tate went through emotional therapy. She connected with coaches and players, and slowly made the correlation that school, and basketball, is a safe place. She still worked on her shot, and worked on fundamentals.
Eventually the support of her friends on the team, and coaches convinced Tate to come back out as a junior. She enjoyed an "awesome" junior year. She didn't really have an outside shot, but Tate was North's self-described "bruiser."
"The girls were amazing," Tate said. "I trust them 100 percent."
"It was like hitting the reset button, getting back on the horse and trying again," Tomczak said. "What was most important was her health and well being. I can't say enough good things about her parents, Matt and Libby."