A day after the Mount Vernon girls nearly pulled the upset of the Tournament of Champions in Santa Barbara, Calif., the Majors showed the performance was no fluke. Mount Vernon (4-1), ranked 11th by The Post, handed Oregon City (Ore.), ranked No. 15 by USA Today, its first loss of the season, 66-55, yesterday.

The Majors' victory came less than 24 hours after they took top-ranked Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) to the wire before falling, 62-56. The 16-team tournament includes 13 teams ranked in USA Today's national poll. Does Mount Vernon belong?

"We really feel we do after this win. This is not just a big win for us, it's big for the whole area," Majors Coach Kenny Farmer said. "We really wanted to show we can play some ball back home."

Sophomore center Lauren Troupe had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and junior guard Anesia Smith had 14 points, including seven in the fourth quarter when the Majors went on a 10-0 run that turned a tight game into a 62-50 advantage that Oregon City (6-1) could not overcome.

"After we went into halftime up 11, I stressed to the kids that we had to show that yesterday [the close loss to Narbonne] was not a fluke. They responded," Farmer said.

The Majors are off today before resuming play Monday in the tournament's National Championship bracket, where they will meet No. 14 Berkeley (Calif.).