The four-seed Cave City Cavemen had three strong quarters against the slightly taller and much quicker Osceola team, but a bad second quarter kept the host team from moving on in the 4A-East Regional Tournament.
The Seminoles, the one-seed from the 3-4A Conference, overcame a 33-point night by Cave City's Chaz Mathews to win the opening round match up, 73-66, at Cave City, and advance to the state tourney.
There were three lead changes in the first quarter, with Seminole Warrick Woodson tying the game at 14-all with less than a minute left in the period, but Seth Downs' rainbow, buzzer beating 3-pointer gave Cave City a 17-14 advantage.
Osceola used a 8-0 run and a 6-0 run to take a 30-23 halftime lead.
The Caveman went 2 of 12 from the floor only scoring on a Taylor Milligan trey, and a basket and free throw from Mathews.
Cave City got nine points from Mathews and a three from Jeremy Runyan, but the Seminoles extended their lead 49-38 after three.
A game that was quick paced in the first three quarters, crawled to the finish with Cave City stepping to the free throw line 17 times -- hitting on 13, and Osceola going 14-of-19.
The Caveman outscored the Noles 28-23, but couldn't overcome the deficit.
Milligan had 15 points for Cave City and Downs added 10.
Osceola had four players in double figures, Woodson with 18, Jessie Miller with 16, Calton Davis and Quaylen Estell added 15 and 12 points, respectively.