One of the things that really helped me be a more consistent bass angler when I was competing, was taking the time to understand exactly what I needed to accomplish in the way of catching come tournament day. Everyone talks about big bags, great practices and swinging for the fences - yada yada yada - but that's largely a bunch of hot air, IMHO. The chart above should give you a good example of exactly what I'm talking about.
Every year (except one), for the past 20 years, the BFL Hoosier Division has made a stop at Monroe Res. If you take the time to analyze some of the catch metrics over all those events, you'll find some pretty interesting data. For example, it's never taken 20 pounds to win that event regardless of year or season held. If you run the numbers, you'll see that 15 pounds is basically both the median and the average winning weight. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, there was a 7 year stretch where it took less than 15 pounds to win every event. That's 5 three pounders. That should be your goal if you want to win, but that's just the beginning.
The next set of data in the chart is the weight needed to finish in the Top-10. Here again, only twice in 20 years has it taken more than 10 pounds. Looking at the median and the average, they are literally identical at 8 pounds. Catch it and you have a strong chance of finishing inside the Top-10, or at least cashing a check. Knowing that, practice for it. You don't need a great pattern or a big school of fish to box that. You need 4 spots that will give up a 2 pound bass. When you think in those terms, things are a lot less intimidating.
The final set of numbers is the weight to finish 25th, still a very respectable finish that will get you a ton of points and help guarantee your place in a Regional. The weight? Just 5 pounds. One fish (if you're lucky), or a 3 and a 2, or 2 two and a halfs.
The standard deviations on those last two metrics (10th, 25th) is low, plus/minus 1.5 pounds. Even the winning STDEV is only 2.75 pounds. In other words, these numbers (and the fishery) have been pretty stable over the years. There are very few surprises, or at least there shouldn't be any. So be calm, don't panic, and don't overthink (or over practice) this. Catch a keeper, catch 5 pounds, catch 8 pounds, and pretty much know exactly where you're going to finish in the next event.