Carlos Mendeguia's first season as Carson High's varsity basketball coach didn't go as expected.
He lost two starters to grades at the semester break, and then watched the Senators stumble to a 6-20 season. They had several close losses, but showed an inability to finish.
It's a new season, and the Senators have a strong returning core on their 13-man roster, which gives Mendeguia an optimistic outlook on the 2012-13 season.
"We had a great summer," said Mendeguia, whose team opens at Reno on Tuesday. "We lost several games in overtime (or late fourth quarter). We were right there. We …