Eileen Dooley and the rest of the Lee girls basketball team left their tears and sad faces at the DCU Center.
"[The bus ride home] wasn't what you think it would be," said Dooley. "There was no more crying on the bus. Everyone was [saying that] we did our best, and this is the last time we will be together as a team on a bus ride home.
"We played music. We sang."
Dooley beat out some of her teammates to be the final Player of the Week for the winter sports season, and the senior point guard finished her basketball career with a flourish.
The 5-foot-3 guard scored 16 points in Lee's Division III state final against Archbishop Williams on Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester, which the Wildcats lost 60-33.
In five tournament games, Dooley averaged 18.4 points per game, and scored 24 in the 69-37 state semifinal win over Main South of Worcester.
Dooley said Saturday was a game the Wildcats didn't lose -- rather, they were beaten.
It was the last high school basketball game for Dooley. That meant it was the last time she stepped on the DCU floor -- a familiar place in her four years.
"It was exciting," she said. "It's such a big arena. This is our last moment to take everything in and just enjoy it."