The nation's elite high school basketball teams and players are in Springfield this week, competing in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena.
The forecast for Friday's ice storm did not keep fans away from The Q Thursday as the lower bowl was close to full, with a number of folks sitting in the upper level.
2014 champion Montverde Academy from Florida had little problem with the Kickapoo Chiefs, winning 74-40.
Rechon Black had 15 points to lead four players in double figures for Montverde (13-1), while Jared Ridder scored 19 points for the Chiefs (10-3), who turned over the ball 16 times.
Montverde jumped ahead quickly, leading 14-4 after one quarter and 35-19 at the half before using a running clock in the fourth period.
Montverde will play Memphis East High School from Memphis, Tennessee in the semifinals.
Memphis East beat Greenforest Christian Academy from Decatur, Georgia 63-56 as Chandler Lawson scored 14 points and pulled down eight of the team's 47 rebounds.
Greenforest, who went only 5-13 from the free throw line, was led by David Quimby's 16 points.
Sierra Canyon High School from Chatsworth, California pulled away in the third quarter to down the Republic Tigers 72-54.
Republic trailed 20-8 after one quarter, but came back to pull within seven, 34-27, at halftime.
But Sierra Canyon (13-1) outscored the Tigers 19-6 over the next eight minutes.
Marvin Bagley III, the number one ranked junior in the nation, scored 15 points and picked up seven rebounds for the Trailblazers, with Cody Riley adding 13 points.
Republic (11-3) was led by Treyon Rackley's 13 points. The Tigers went 9-9 from the free throw line.
In the first game, Findlay Prep out of Henderson, Nevada got 21 points each from P.J. Washington and Lamine Diane and pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Madison Preparatory Academy from Baton Rouge, Louisiana 77-50.
Washington, who is the 16th ranked player in the nation by ESPN and has signed with Kentucky, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out seven assists, while hitting nine free throws.
Findlay Prep has now won 20 of its first 21 games of the season.
Josh LeBlanc led four players from Madison Prep in double figures with 15 points.
Here are the scores from Thursday night's opening round of the tournament:
Final: Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada) 77, Madison Prep (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) 50
Final: Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, CA) 72, Republic 54
Final: Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) 74, Springfield Kickapoo 40
FInal: Memphis East (Memphis, TN) 63, Greenforest Christian Academy (Decatur, GA) 56
Here's the schedule for Friday's second round matchups:
Madison Prep vs. Republic 4:30 p.m.
Kickapoo vs.Greenforest 6:00 p.m.
Findlay Prep vs. Sierra Canyon 8:00 p.m.
Montverde Academy vs. Memphis East 9:30 p.m.
Friday's second round play begins with the two consolation bracket games, then continues with the winner's bracket semifinals, while Saturday's final round action starts at 2:30 p.m. with the seventh place game.