“A 112-13 win over Griggsville-Perry invited charges of running up the score on an obviously overmatched opponent in a game that saw senior Adele Cook play into the second half to reach a state-record 13 3-pointers after just missing that record in an earlier game.
‘I think they caught some heat over a few things this year,’ Driskill said of administrators. ‘And just so they didn’t have to deal with it, the easiest thing to do is to get rid of me. That’s the way I see it.’
A higher profile indiscretion came in a Class 1A sectional title-game loss to Okawville before a full gym in Lebanon. It perhaps was not so one-sided as a St. Louis television news depiction casting the Hawks as the Greene County Maulers yanking the pigtails of sweet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (players said later that the game itself was physical on both sides), but the public relations damage was significant.
The video – capturing an on-court altercation initiated by the Hawks, followed by gestures from a few players to the Okawville crowd immediately after the game — was embarrassing for Carrollton and tasked Pressler with defending indefensible acts from the girls’ basketball program to a TV news reporter.”